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85: Chris Lee

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).

One place everyone who comes to Phoenix must eat is.... I'll avoid the obvious FnB and go with Rito's (go find it).

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

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