62: Brandon Gauthier

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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 family man.

Tastemaker 62: Brandon Gauthier

Brandon Gauthier began his culinary career washing dishes at 14 -- and he's been in the kitchen ever since. He graduated from Scottsdale Culinary Institute in 2002 and landed a job with Kevin Binkley at Crew, where he remained for a year before moving to Michigan. He returned when Chef Binkley was preparing to open his namesake restaurant. After working as sous chef at Binkley's for three years, Gauthier opened Cafe Bink as the chef. Three years later, he was promoted to chef de cuisine for the Binkley's Restaurant Group and now oversees both Cafe Bink and Binkley's Restaurant.

I arrived in Phoenix with... my family when I was 16 years old and I hated it.

If I was sitting down to dinner for six, my five dream companions would be... my wife Victoria, author John Gierach, Chef Fergus Henderson, professional fly fisherman Jeff Currier, and Chef Ferran Adria.

One place everyone who comes to Phoenix must eat is... Shin Bay.

One menu item this city could do without is... poorly made salsa.

My last meal in Phoenix would be... at my parents' house with my mother cooking and the whole family around the table.

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

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Location Info

Cafe Bink

36889 N. Tom Darlington Drive, Carefree, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Binkley's Restaurant

6920 E. Cave Creek Road, Cave Creek, AZ

Category: Restaurant

ShinBay

7001 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Restaurant


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