Chefs to Watch 2015: Bruce Kalman, Union, Pasadena, Calif.

Chandra Ram

Bruce Kalman is having the time of his life, and you can feel it in the food he creates at Union, his restaurant in downtown Pasadena that is attracting people back to this once-forgotten community. He’s cooking his heart out, with each plate of albacore crudo with housemade spicy pickled lemon cucumbers ($22, recipe); each pork meatball bright with capers and chilies;...