Chef Nancy Longo opened Pierpoint in 1989 to immediate raves, and the praise has continued from such publications as Zagat Survey, Travel + Leisure, Condé Nast Traveler, Saveur, The New York Times and from noted food critic Mimi Sheraton, who gave Pierpoint three stars. Four years ago, Nancy was a regional winner of the Iowa Pork Producers Council recipe contest. After graduating from Baltimore's International Culinary College in 1983, Nancy worked her way to restaurant chef and owner. Along the way, she also began Chocolate Ware, which produces edible chocolate silverware. She authored a cookbook, Predominately Fish, in 1987, and in 1992, founded Save the Chesapeake to help raise funds to clean Chesapeake Bay. Nancy has been the subject of an ABC Prime Time Live segment and a guest on the Food Network. She was the only chef to appear at the Congressional/HAACP hearings on safe food-handling and seafood inspection. For the last 10 years, Nancy has been preparing a dinner for Our Daily Bread soup kitchen in Baltimore, where even Pope John Paul II came to serve a meal.