From now 'til we publish the 2012 edition of Best of Phoenix, New Times and Chow Bella present 100 Tastemakers -- Valley residents who make the cut in our culinary scene. Some you'll know; for others, it'll be a first introduction (but likely not the last). While you're here, check out our 100 Creatives on Jackalope Ranch.
Today: a true Phoenix food legend.
Tastemaker 53: Vincent Guerithault
For more than 25 years, Chef Vincent Guerithault has been combining his expertise in classic French cooking with Southwestern ingredients to create the unique blend of flavors that has become his signature style. His cuisine is constantly evolving, although the mixing of French and Southwest cooking at Vincent on Camelback has earned him recognition from Conde Nast, Gourmet , and Zagat, as well as the James Beard Foundation. With two restaurants, a bar, a catering/delivery service and a farmers market, Guerithault's name has become a powerful one in the Valley food scene.
I arrived in Phoenix with... my AMC Pacer.
If I was sitting down to dinner for six, my five dream dining companions would be... my wife and four good friends who enjoy good wine.
One place everyone who comes to Phoenix must eat is... to have their tie cut off.
One menu item this city could do without is... rattlesnake tongue.
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My last meal in Phoenix would be... at my home with my family.
The Tastemakers so far: 100: Tracy Dempsey 99: Craig DeMarco 98: Lara Mulchay 97: M.J. Coe 96: Betty Alatorre de Hong 95: Eric Schaefer 94: Hanna Gabrielsson 93: Shinji Kurita 92: Silvana Salcido Esparza 91: Mike Pitt 90: Christina Barrueta 89: Christopher Gross 88: Jan Wichayanuparp and Helen Yung 87: DJ Fernandes 86: Cullen Campbell 85: Chris Lee 84. Gwen Ashley Walters 83: Tony Morales 82: Lylah Ledner 81: Andrea White 80: Lori Hashimoto 79. Mrs. White 78: Eugenia Theodosopolous 77: Lou & Lovey Borenstein 76: Anthony Patafio 75: Carl Seacat 74: Sacha Levine 73: Sharon Salomon 72: Johnny Chu 71: Susie Timm 70: Jason Silberschlag 69: Gina Miller 68: Cindy Gentry 67: Amy Binkley 66: Dave Anderson 65: Mark Tarbell 64: Marianne Belardi 63: Audrey Lasalle 62: Brandon Gauthier 61: Brad and Kat Moore 60: Denise Clayton 59: Nobuo Fukuda 58: Richie Moe 57: Robin Trick 56: Alberto Della Casa and Letizia de Lucia 55: Farah Khalid 54: Dave Andrea