33: Victoria Chavez

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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 lady who likes it hot.

Tastemaker 33: Victoria Chavez

Victoria Chavez opened a restaurant in Springerville, AZ more than thirty years ago. On display she had two old chili grinders, or "molinos," one belonging to her husband's great grandmother and the other given to her by her grandmother. The family heirlooms were used at her husband's ranch in St. Johns and her family's ranch in New Mexico - from that history came the recipes Chavez would turn into Los Dos Molinos, or "the two grinders." The restaurant is family owned and operated proud to serve some of Arizona's favorite Southwestern Mexican food, prepared with chiles from New Mexico.

I arrived in Phoenix... when I was 18 with my husband from my hometown Springerville, Arizona.

If I was sitting down to dinner for six, my five dream dining companions would be... to have all of my family members there. I always had my five children with me.

One place everyone who comes to Phoenix must eat is... definitely Los Dos Molinos. I always said if I ever found food like I make at home I would eat out every day.

One menu item this city could do without is... I can't even think of one. I love to travel and have a great appreciation for all kinds of food!

My last meal in Phoenix would be... a blue corn enchilada dinner with a fried egg on top - blue corn masa is so rare and hard to find!

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
35: Jason Asher
34: Pamela Hamilton

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Los Dos Molinos

8646 S. Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ

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