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 man who's all atwitter.
Tastemaker 85: Chris Lee
If you made it to Ignite Food, you may already recognize Chris Lee -- family man, fan of stand-up paddling, and partner at Customer Systems Inc. On his quest for great local food, Lee helps organize Twitter-related events like Twestival Phoenix that connect "#phx folks."
I arrived in Phoenix with... my umbilical cord.
If I was sitting down to dinner for six, my five dream dining companions would be... Bruce Lee, Tarzan, the Hulk, GSP, Heather (my wife).
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One menu item this city could do without is... bruschetta. Just does nothing for me.
My last meal in Phoenix would be... it would totally depend upon where I was going, but I think I'll have to go with ShinBay.
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