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Patrick O’Connell, the chef and owner of The Inn at Little Washington in Northern Virginia, is known as a pioneer of refined American cuisine. He subscribed to the farm-to-table movement long before it was a trend and has created solid, lifelong relationships with local farmers and producers. O’Connell discovered a love of cooking early in life, and the self-taught chef developed sophisticated culinary skills. (He has refined many of his childhood favorites into masterpieces, such as the macaroni and cheese dish made with Virginia country ham.) The Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star restaurant and its internationally recognized chef use as many local ingredients as possible, selecting bounty from its own large garden in addition to the foods produced in the local community. O’Connell uses the region’s earthy ingredients and transforms them into unique and interesting dishes you’ll want to try again and again.