San Francisco, CA
Michelle Polzine is the owner and chef of 20th Century Café. Her cafe was born out of years of hard work in front of the oven, thoughts about food, old movies, and drunken discussions about the future (and the past). Searching through vintage cookbooks and traveling through the cites of Vienna, Budapest, and Prague brought tremendous inspiration to the creation of San Francisco's own little grand cafe which opened in the spring of 2013. She is also nominated for the James Beard 2019 Outstanding Pastry Chef.