Chefs to Watch 2014: Ben Poremba, Elaia, Olio, La Patisserie Chouquette, Old Standard, United Provisions, St. Louis

Brandon Chuang

We have never seen the Google calendar of Ben Poremba. However, if software applications had feelings, we’re all but certain that Poremba’s digital scheduler would be in tears, crying at the weight of its owner’s ambitions.

He opened two restaurants, Elaia and Olio, in 2012. A few months later, Poremba’s French pastry shop, La Patisserie Chouquette...