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Chefs to Watch 2020: Margaret Pak and Vinod Kalathil, Thattu, Chicago

Liz Grossman

When Margaret Pak and Vinod Kalathil started dating in 2003, some of their dinners got a little messy, especially when Kalathil, who was living in Connecticut, cooked Keralite dishes for Pak when she visited from California.

“The crab curry did it,” she recalls. “I used my hands to dig in and get all the blue crab meat out, and I was thinking, ‘This is amazing! This guy is great and he can cook...