A knife, a spatula and love for her craft.

These are three essentials that Sabrina Tinsley, chef and co-owner of Osteria la Spiga on Capitol Hill, always has in her kitchen.

The chef's love for cooking originated at home at her mother's "apron strings" as she prepared farm-to-table meals for the many guests the family entertained at their home in Fairbanks, Alaska.

After a decade at Los Angeles’ famed Chateau Marmont hotel, Carolynn Spence packed up her three pixie-bob cats (a Washington breed) to lead the kitchen of the Palladian Hotel’s Shaker & Spear downtown, a position recently vacated by Tulio’s Wa