35: Jason Asher

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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 guy who knows how to mix it up.

Tastemaker 35: Jason Asher

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Jason Asher is no model, but he did light up the cover of a special edition of GQ back in 2010 when he won the title of Most Inspired Bartender. Nowadays he holds the position of Director of Mixology for Young's Market Company of Arizona. He's been tending bar for more than 15 years and over the last six has been a leader of the mixology march in the Valley. His love and passion for the world of cocktails has helped him achieve great heights such as his GQ title, a spot on the Esquire Top 100 & features in most of the culinary and beverage publications you can find.

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Jason Asher's December 2010 GQ cover
I arrived in Phoenix with... a dream of bringing mixology to Arizona through my culinary perspective.

If I was sitting down to dinner for six, my five dream dining companions would be... Anthony Bourdain, Jerry Thomas, Harry Johnson, Nicasio Iannella & Chris Farley!

One place everyone who comes to Phoenix must eat is... Crudo! Amazing food & drinks!

One menu item this city could do without is... prickly pear margarita!

My last meal in Phoenix would be... Tottie's Asian Fusion. The panang curry is amazing!!!

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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48: Lisa Reinhardt
47: Isam Saed
46: Greg Peterson
45: Marco Bianco
44: Mark Fratu
43: Wendell Crow
42. Barb Harris
41: Michael Perry
40: Jeff Kraus
39: Ryan Avery
38: Charleen Badman
37: Damon Brasch
36: Dwayne Allen

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Crudo

3603 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Tottie's Asian Fusion

7901 E. Thomas Road, Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Restaurant

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