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Inspired by a love for bold flavors and strong statements, Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger have made their mark with home cooking from all over the world. For nearly two decades, the chefs have transformed street foods and comfort foods into critically-acclaimed cuisine, and themselves from a couple of Midwestern gringas into two of this country's foremost authorities on the Latin kitchen. Trail-blazers from the get-go, the classically-trained culinary grads (Susan from CIA and Mary Sue from Washburne in Chicago) met in 1978 at Le Perroquet, one of Chicago's best French restaurants, the first women to break into the all-male kitchen. Serious about food and ready for new territory, they both struck out for France--Feniger for the Riviera and Milliken for Paris -- knowing even then that they would work together some day. [+]