As chef-owner of Mosaic Modern Fusion in St. Louis, Claus Schmitz specializes in small dishes inflected with the flavors of the world, a world he knows all too well. Born and trained in Germany, he slipped away at 18 to work at hotels all over Europe. Next came Bermuda and then Australia, where he put down roots, for a while at least. After a stint selling computers and running the food and beverage operations of the Sydney Opera House, the boy from Stuttgart quickly climbed ...

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