67: Amy Binkley

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David Zickl
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 "badass" wife of a famous local chef -- and a culinary star in her own right

Tastemaker 67: Amy Binkley

Amy Binkley has 21 years of culinary experience, and she's done it all -- from high-volume gourmet fast food to ultra-fine dining at a Mobil 5-Star award-winning restaurant. These days she's general manager of both Binkley's and Cafe Bink, where her husband Chef Kevin Binkley is known for his award-winning cuisine. Amy is responsible for front of the house operations and runs the wine programs at both restaurants.

I arrived in Phoenix with... my husband, a U-Haul, and a sick dog.

If I was sitting down to dinner for six, my five dream dining companions would be... my father, who passed away six years ago; culinary icon Julia Child; filmmaker John Waters; comedian George Carlin; and my husband, Kevin Binkley.

One place everyone who comes to Phoenix must eat is... Nobuo at Teeter House.

One menu item this city can do without is... boneless chicken wings.

My last meal in Phoenix would be... at my home with my family and friends feasting on roasted chicken and vegetables grown by Dave Jordan at Two Wash Ranch, tomato salad made with Bob McClendon's heirloom tomatoes, and finishing up with bacon ice cream from Sweet Republic. We would be drinking Premiere Cru Vosne-Romanee, preferably 1973.

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

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Location Info

Binkley's Restaurant

6920 E. Cave Creek Road, Cave Creek, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Cafe Bink

36889 N. Tom Darlington Drive, Carefree, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Nobuo at Teeter House

622 E. Adams St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Sweet Republic

9160 E. Shea Blvd., Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Restaurant

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