49: Duc Liao

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Photo courtesy of Duc and Noelle Liao
Duc and wife, Noel
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 guy who does it from Scratch.

Tastemaker 49: Duc Liao

See also: Three Restaurants (Including One from the Scratch Pastries People!) and an Ice Cream Shop to Move into Roosevelt Row's CANVAS Building

Step inside Scratch Pastries in Scottsdale and you'll know you've found a little piece of somewhere far away. Duc Liao is originally from Paris, France and after 25 years in high-end fashion photography, he gave up the Louis Vuitton lifestyle to start serving fabulous French fare in the Valley. Scratch will mediate your sweet tooth needs with dainty French pastries galore and while you're enjoying the snack, browse over some of Liao's other work at his personal website. They'll be opening another restaurant in Downtown Phoenix, hopefully by this fall.

I arrived in Phoenix with... love.

If I was sitting down to dinner for six, my five dream dining companions would be... St. Michael (patron of justice), St. Joseph (patron of carpentry), St. Honore (patron of patisserie/boulangerie), St. Marthe (patron of hotel & cooks), and St. Jeff (patron of LUX coffee).

One place everyone who comes to Phoenix must eat is... a picnic at night light [Knight Rise] from James Turrel and SMoCA.

One menu item this city could do without is... factory-made food.

My last meal in Phoenix would be...Terminal 4, Sky Harbor.

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
62: Brandon Gauthier
61: Brad and Kat Moore
60: Denise Clayton
59: Nobuo Fukuda
58: Richie Moe
57: Robin Trick
56: Alberto Della Casa and Letizia de Lucia
55: Farah Khalid
54: Dave Andrea
53: Vincent Guerithault
52: Danielle Leoni
51: Stan Zawatski
50: Maya Dailey

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Location Info

Scratch Pastries - CLOSED

7620 E. Indian School Road, Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport

3400 Sky Harbor Blvd., Phoenix, AZ

Category: General

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Scratch is one of the underground, unheralded gems in Scottsdale. Unassuming, and with a price point that might have something to do with that, their dinners are a wonderous event. The most affordable, delicious, hand-crafted meals, all made from scratch, all under $20. 


It's my birthday this weekend, and Duc is making my cake. (He made one for my girlfriend years ago and it was spectacular—gelled fruit layer, berry-soaked cake, cream cheese frosting, amazing.) Duc is humble, brilliant, generous, and just a true gift to Arizona. We're lucky to have him.

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