Jack McDavid, Chef, Jack's Firehouse, Philadelphia, PA

He favors denim overalls, wears a "Save the Farm" cap and speaks with a thick West Virginia dialect. But Jack McDavid is no country bumpkin. His two Philadelphia restaurants, Down Home Diner and Jack's Firehouse, are temples devoted to serving America's finest, freshest foods.

When McDavid opened the Firehouse a year ago, he earnestly set out to create "the best" restaurant in the world, which sounds like the plan of a country boy who's been breathing too much city air. And perhaps Mc

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