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: the "badass" wife of a famous local chef -- and a culinary star in her own right
Tastemaker 67: Amy Binkley
Amy Binkley has 21 years of culinary experience, and she's done it all -- from high-volume gourmet fast food to ultra-fine dining at a Mobil 5-Star award-winning restaurant. These days she's general manager of both Binkley's and Cafe Bink, where her husband Chef Kevin Binkley is known for his award-winning cuisine. Amy is responsible for front of the house operations and runs the wine programs at both restaurants.
I arrived in Phoenix with... my husband, a U-Haul, and a sick dog.
If I was sitting down to dinner for six, my five dream dining companions would be... my father, who passed away six years ago; culinary icon Julia Child; filmmaker John Waters; comedian George Carlin; and my husband, Kevin Binkley.
One place everyone who comes to Phoenix must eat is... Nobuo at Teeter House.
One menu item this city can do without is... boneless chicken wings.
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My last meal in Phoenix would be... at my home with my family and friends feasting on roasted chicken and vegetables grown by Dave Jordan at Two Wash Ranch, tomato salad made with Bob McClendon's heirloom tomatoes, and finishing up with bacon ice cream from Sweet Republic. We would be drinking Premiere Cru Vosne-Romanee, preferably 1973.
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