NYTimes on Douglas Psaltis, the 29 year-old native New Yorker who also happens to be the chef running the kitchen at Alain Ducasse's just opened Mix:
Mr. Psaltis, who has embraced his new responsibilities with almost joyous energy and little trepidation, is from Huntington, on Long Island. He played football and lacrosse at Ohio State University, had zero interest in academics and quit after three semesters.
"All I wanted to do was cook," he said. "My mother was really upset. She didn't want me to wind up like my grandfather."
From the time he was 10, he said, he loved helping his grandfather, a first-generation immigrant from Andros, Greece, who had a diner in Jamaica. "I was the one who piled the meringue on the pies," he said.