Chef, Founder, Sapphire Laguna, DELLAH
WHY: Considered one of Orange County’s top culinary figures; sold his Laguna Beach restaurant earlier this year and has other local culinary, catering businesses.
RECENT: Latest venture, a line of spices, sauces, seasonings, curries and other products, going national. Started in 2017, now in more than 1K Ralphs, Krogers, Smart & Final stores, other supermarkets across the country.
NOTABLE: Latest products are marketed under the Dellah brand, named after his daughter, as well as the Mamu Wu name, a nod to the mother of partner in venture, Ling Wu, who is also part of Pomona-based drink maker Sonora.