Reyna Larson went from working as a personal chef for movie stars Melanie Griffith and her then-husband Antonio Banderas – where she cooked dinners in their home five days a week – to owning, with her partner Alice Hoffman, Ray & Al’s Lunchroom and Market in downtown Galien.

And no, as far as they’re concerned, it wasn’t a move down.

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