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 guy responsible for that awesome tomato sandwich.
Tastemaker 17: Bryan Dooley
Chef Bryan Dooley gained his knowledge and training from the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY. After 13 years with the Fairmont Princess Resort in Scottsdale, it was time to set out on his own, developing Bryan's Black Mountain Barbecue in Cave Creek. Dooley's recipe for success: an enormous serving of down home friendship mixed in with his award-winning twist to a New West style barbecue.
I arrived in Phoenix with... my girlfriend Donna, three days after Christmas 1993. We drove straight through from Chicago to make it to the Scottsdale Princess Resort for my first shift on New Years Eve!! ha ha talk about sink or swim!
If I was sitting down to dinner for six, my five dream dining companions would be... my wife Donna, Jack Kerouac, Loren Eiseley, Neil Armstrong, Ansel Adams and Bob Dylan if i could squeeze in an extra chair at the table! All people that have inspired me at some point in my life and keep me dreaming!
One place everyone who comes to Phoenix must eat is... tacos at The Indian Village right here in Cave Creek! It's a local 'hole in the wall' gem!
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One menu item this city could do without is... dishes that are not well-executed and cooked without passion!
My last meal in Phoenix would be... my second 'hole in the wall pick! Maryland Blue Crabs at Ernie's Restaurant and bar in Scottsdale with my wife and kids.
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 49: Duc Liao 48: Lisa Reinhardt 47: Isam Saed 46: Greg Peterson 45: Marco Bianco 44: Mark Fratu 43: Wendell Crow 42. Barb Harris 41: Michael Perry 40: Jeff Kraus 39: Ryan Avery 38: Charleen Badman 37: Damon Brasch 36: Dwayne Allen 35: Jason Asher 34: Pamela Hamilton 33: Victoria Chavez 32: Giovanni Scorzo 31: Tim Wilson 30: Travis Nass 29: Jason Alford 28: Clint Spotleson 27: Daniel Wayne 26: Korina Adkins 25: Carla Wade Logan 24: Jeff Zimmerman 23: Gabriele Bertaccini 22: Claudio Urciuoli 21: Peter DeRuvo 20: Natalie Morris 19: Eliot Wexler 18: Sam Fox