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 guy who does it from Scratch.
Tastemaker 49: Duc Liao
Step inside Scratch Pastries in Scottsdale and you'll know you've found a little piece of somewhere far away. Duc Liao is originally from Paris, France and after 25 years in high-end fashion photography, he gave up the Louis Vuitton lifestyle to start serving fabulous French fare in the Valley. Scratch will mediate your sweet tooth needs with dainty French pastries galore and while you're enjoying the snack, browse over some of Liao's other work at his personal website. They'll be opening another restaurant in Downtown Phoenix, hopefully by this fall.
I arrived in Phoenix with... love.
If I was sitting down to dinner for six, my five dream dining companions would be... St. Michael (patron of justice), St. Joseph (patron of carpentry), St. Honore (patron of patisserie/boulangerie), St. Marthe (patron of hotel & cooks), and St. Jeff (patron of LUX coffee).
One place everyone who comes to Phoenix must eat is... a picnic at night light [Knight Rise] from James Turrel and SMoCA.
One menu item this city could do without is... factory-made food.
My last meal in Phoenix would be...Terminal 4, Sky Harbor.
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 53: Vincent Guerithault 52: Danielle Leoni 51: Stan Zawatski 50: Maya Dailey