Tony Susi, owner of Sage (left), watches Dante de Magistris, chef of Dante in Cambridge (center) drizzle truffled honey over his arancini, fried balls of short-grain rice. Will Gilson, chef at Garden at the Cellar, looks on. The friendships were built over years. They grew up together working for demanding chefs. Commiserating lead to friendship, which eventually lead to trust and respect. Theres not a whole lot of insecurity," says Susi. "Who cares who can make a better risotto?
(Dina Rudick/Globe Staff)