From cooking classic ethnic preparations to creating edgy new dishes to overseeing cuisines existing somewhere in between, Columbus chefs have elevated this city's culinary reputation dramatically over the past decade.

From cooking classic ethnic preparations to creating edgy new dishes to overseeing cuisines existing somewhere in between, Columbus chefs have elevated this city's culinary reputation dramatically over the past decade. And their myriad, intriguing, often daily changingmenus help show off why this city's rising status as a fun and sophisticated restaurant town is seemingly growing with every plate served.

Alternately, those ever-more-local-leaning, old and new immigrant-inflectedmenus show why Columbus is often cited as the ultimate all-American metropolis. They're enticing food documents that double asslices of the multi-hued fabric of 21st-century American culture - only withreasonable prices.

So here's a peek at four terrific and hard-working Columbus chefs who weave their own particularbrands of 21st-century, All-American menu magic.