One of the first objects you notice when sitting in Marc Halperin's office is the large cleaver mounted on the wall. Halperin, the principal and culinary director at the Center for Culinary Development in North Beach, is internationally known for his sharp sense of taste, something made even edgier by a staff of in-house chefs and an 86-member Chef's Council, which includes kitchen wizards from some of the Bay Area's finest restaurants — like Joyce Goldstein of Square One, Hubert Keller of Fleur de Lys, and Craig Stoll of Delfina. That sharpness is what large food companies like Kraft, Nabisco, and Kellogg's and chains like McDonald's, Burger King, and Wendy's call on when they need ideas for new products. As weird as it might sound, San Francisco — arguably the nation's foodie capital — has a hand in developing the Middle American... More >>>