12 Long Island chefs you need to know

Jay Jadeja, chef/co-owner of West East All Natural

Jay Jadeja, chef/co-owner of West East All Natural Bistro & Wine Bar, in the kitchen of his Hicksville restaurant, April 4, 2014. (Credit: Newsday / Alejandra Villa)

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They prepare the meals we love, yet we know little about them.

It's time, we figured, to put the spotlight on chefs.

So we identified 12 Long Island chefs who are truly all stars, those who not only serve up crave-worthy meals but who keep creative ideas and bold attitudes about food on the burner at all times. Behind the scenes at Lola, BBD's, Arata Sushi and more, this dynamic dozen now dish on crazy customer requests, their favorite area restaurants, ingredients they can't get enough of and their go-to cooking reality shows.

App users, click on the link above to meet LI's 12 all-star chefs you need to know.

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