Pastry chef Jansen Chan; chef Reilly Meehan of Santa Cruz, winner of the "International Best Young Chef" award; chef Charles Phan, the owner of the Slanted Door restaurant in San Francisco; chocolatier Richard Donnelly.
The "Through My Father's Eyes" photography exhibit at the Pacific Hotel in History San Jose, which features Ricardo Alvarado's photos of the Filipino-American community of the 1940s and '50s. Also: a Freedom Rider; a Bataan Death March survivor.
Astronaut Greg Chamitoff, who spent six months on the International Space Station in 2008; NASA Ames Research Center's Natalie Batalha, deputy science-team director of the Kepler mission; UC (Santa Cruz) astronomer Sandra Faber, who helped develop the Hubble Space Telescope.
Chef Reilly Meehan of Santa Cruz, who is the first American and youngest chef to win "International Best Young Chef"; Charles Phan, the winner of the James Beard award for Best Chef: California and owner of the Slanted Door restaurant in San Francisco.
Profiles of two Japanese-Americans who were held at internment camps during World War II: former transportation secretary Norman Mineta and Dr. Masako Miura, who functioned as the camp physician at Manzanar.
CAL FIRE helicopter pilot Tom Humann, who previously piloted Marine One for George W. Bush; Marin County Fire Department's Capt. Jim Boggeri; Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger, captain of the US Airways flight that landed in the Hudson River.
Nautical artist Hans Skalagard, who escaped from three sinking ships as a merchant mariner during World War II; Santa Cruz sculptor Susana Arias, whose works dot the region; glass artist Annie Morhauser, whose pieces are displayed in the White House and the Smithsonian.
Profiling UC (Santa Cruz) astronomer Sandra Faber, who helped develop the Hubble Space Telescope; Center for SETI Research director Jill Tarter; and NASA Ames Research Center's Natalie Batalha, deputy science-team director of the Kepler Mission, which is searching for Earth-like planets in the galaxy.
Tibetan monk Thupten Donyo, a one-time friend of the Grateful Dead who settled in Milpitas and turned his home into a temple; Carol Ruth Silver, the former Freedom Rider and San Francisco supervisor, who helps educate Afghan girls.
A Manzanar War Relocation Center doctor, who was one of five physicians serving 10,000 patients, is profiled. Also: 96-year-old Ernie Prewett, who helped build the trails at Pinnacles National Monument after he joined the Civilian Conservation Corp in 1933; Anthony Powell, whose grandfather was a Buffalo Soldier.