65: Mark Tarbell

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Tarbell's
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 legend in the Valley culinary scene.

Tastemaker 65: Mark Tarbell

You probably already know about Mark Tarbell, host and owner of Tarbell's and longtime wine columnist for the Arizona Republic. He received wine training at the l'Academie du Vin and earned a Grande Diplome d'Etude Culinaire from La Varenne Ecole du Cuisine -- he was also nominated for "Best Chef -- Southwest" by the James Beard Foundation. Did we mention that in 2007 he beat Cat Cora on Food Network's Iron Chef?

I arrived in Phoenix with... nothing but a smile and all my worldly possessions in a VW. I coasted on all the downhill runs from Flagstaff to Phoenix on fumes (true story!) circa 1986

If I was sitting down to dinner for six, my five dream dining companions
would be...
set in 1935 , it would include Churchill, de Gaulle, Roosevelt, Stalin, and Mussolini ... I believe that all the world's problems can be solved over a good plate of food and a bottle of wine. PS: de Gaulle and Mussolini would supply the wine and food.

One place everyone who comes to Phoenix must eat is... Los Dos Molinos if you are staying in the southern part, Los Reyas de la Tortas if north, Mission if in Scottsdale.

One menu item this city could do without is... bottled water and fake crab "California rolls." Let's end the assault on and destruction of the old and beautiful sushi culture and tradition.

My last meal in Phoenix would be... very, very, very far in the future. And it would be a plate of chilaquiles with homemade red chile sauce made with chili Colorado by the Saenz family in Chihuahua, Mexico. With a fried egg on top. Yeah!

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

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Location Info

Tarbell's

3213 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Los Dos Molinos

8646 S. Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Music

Los Reyes De La Torta

9230 N. 7th St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

The Mission

3815 N. Brown Ave., Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Restaurant


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