Chefs to Watch 2014: Tom Van Lente, Two, Chicago

Chandra Ram

Every city has at least one—the is-it-doomed space that has housed multiple failed restaurants, the place that needs a witch doctor, a smudge stick and someone with the confidence to overcome some bad juju to make it work.

Tom Van Lente must have some crazy-good karma. Within a few months of quietly opening TWO restaurant in Chicago’s West Town neighborhood two years ago, Van...