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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 chef who'd like to sup with Jagger.

For more than a decade, Chef Cullen Campbell has honed his skills in the kitchens of lauded Valley establishments including La Grande Orange and Atlas Bistro. With Crudo, his latest venture, Chef Campbell felt the call to pursue his own culinary interests and explore modern Italian cuisine. This "hidden gem" of the Valley's culinary scene recently relocated (from former digs inside a salon in Scottsdale) and wowed our own Laura Hahnefeld.

I arrived in Phoenix with... the desire to cook.

If I was sitting down to dinner for six, my five dream dining companions would be... Julia Child, Mick Jagger, Mario Batali, Dom Pierre Perignon, Thomas Keller. Yeah, that sounds like a fun group.

One place everyone who comes to Phoenix must eat is... Elements for Chef Beau's escargot pot pie. It's my favorite dish in town!

One menu item this city could do without is... anything that is pre-packaged, frozen, and ready to serve.

My last meal in Phoenix would be... having the family at Hana just feed me!

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 Follow Chow Bella on Facebook and Twitter and Pinterest.

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