41: Michael Perry

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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 man with a Beard.

Tastemaker 41: Michael Perry

See also: Fry Bread House Nabs James Beard Award

Michael Perry knows a thing or two about fry bread. He was born and raised in Central Phoenix and has been fortunate enough to visit nearly three-quarters of the United States as well as a couple international destinations. His mother, Cecelia Miller founded the Fry Bread House in 1992 and last year the restaurant received the American's Classics Award from the James Beard Foundation.

"I love working where I work and meeting all our customers," Perry says.

I arrived in Phoenix with... a doctor's hands wrapped around my head :)

If I was sitting down to dinner for six, my five dream dining companions would be... Jesus Christ, William Shakespeare, Abraham Lincoln, Sitting Bull, and my mother.

One place everyone who comes to Phoenix must eat is... Rustler's Rooste in the early evening during monsoon season.

One menu item this city could do without is... domestic draft beer.

My last meal in Phoenix would be... a barbecue with friends and family. It doesn't matter what we eat.

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

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Location Info

The Fry Bread House

1003 E Indian School Rd, Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Rustler's Rooste

8383 S. 48th St., Ahwatukee, AZ

Category: Restaurant

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