40: Jeff Kraus

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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 keeps on truckin, even when he's staying put.

Tastemaker 40: Jeff Kraus

See also: Jeff Kraus' Crêpe Bar: A Decidedly Different (and Delectable) Take on the Crepe
See also: Jeff Kraus of Truckin' Good Food

Jeff Kraus has founded a slew of edible gems in the Phoenix area, including nationally acclaimed Truckin' Good Food, ++experience++ gastro, and most recently Crêpe Bar. Kraus' cuisine is inspired by the "life" around him and developed by the constant pursuit of innovation and perfection. He describes his food just like he describes himself: playful, unpredictable, and detail-oriented.

I arrived in Phoenix with... a beat-up Pathfinder full of nothing but the 'essentials,' a lot of excitement to live in a climate where it's sunny for the majority of the year, and an open mind to let 'things' happen. Six years later...wt...cheers to a great half of a decade.

One place everyone who comes to Phoenix must eat is... just one! That's not fair! When friends come to visit I give them a list for breakfast, snacks, lunch, dinner, and desserts. Ranges from the burger specials at Liberty Market, Matt's, Lamp, Cafe Bink, to the farmer's market/food trucks.

If I was sitting down to dinner for six, my five dream dining companions would be... from the past, my ma and grandma...from the present, my beautiful lady, Erin Ware and 'Hammer Time'(s)...from the future myself.

One menu item this city could do without is... anything "house-made" - as a diner I expect most of a restaurants menu to be made in house - and everything that is "award winning" or "world famous."

My last meal in Phoenix would be... a potluck picnic with everyone I admire and respect in the industry: Josh "Posh", Elliot "Noca", Gwen "Pen&Fork", Joe "Agritopia", Kevin "Binkley", Eric "MFTasty", Pascal "Classic Cooking", Tony "Desert Smoke", "GoodyTwos", and my family and friends that I've met since I moved to the Valley.

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

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Location Info

Crepe Bar

7520 S. Rural Road, Tempe, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Liberty Market

230 N. Gilbert Road, Gilbert, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Matt's Big Breakfast

825 N. 1st St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Cafe Bink

36889 N. Tom Darlington Drive, Carefree, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Posh Improvisational Cuisine

7167 E. Rancho Vista Drive, Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Noca

3118 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Binkley's Restaurant

6920 E. Cave Creek Road, Cave Creek, AZ

Category: Restaurant

GoodyTwos Toffee Company - CLOSED

6990 E Shea Blvd, Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Restaurant

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