16: Bernie Kantak

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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: That guy in the hat.

Tastemaker 16: Bernie Kantak

See also: Tastemaker Richie Moe

Bernie Kantak is chef and co-owner of Citizen Public House where he brings his Eastern European roots, prodigious imagination and playful approach to cooking to an "inventive-yet-familiar" menu, which offers dishes like bacon fat heirloom popcorn and grilled halloumi cheese on Serbian lepinja bread with roasted eggplant puree. Whatever the dish, Kantak says his message is always the same: "Let's have us some new-fashioned fun."

I arrived in The Valley with... a foot locker full of winter clothes that I never wore again

If I was sitting down to dinner for six, my five dream dining companions would be... Richie Moe's dad "Big Dick", Howard Stern, Artie Lange, Anthony Bourdain and Peter Kasperski. I wouldn't be able to get a word in edgewise, but I'd be happy just being a fly on the wall

One place everyone who comes to The Valley must eat is... hard to say... but if you can persuade Chris Curtiss to do a tasting menu of whatever the hell he wants it would be hard to beat. Anywhere...

One menu item this city could do without is... bruschetta and cupcakes.

My last meal in The Valley would be... start with cocktails at Blue Hound, a few courses at Hana, a few more at Roka Akor, late night at Posh and after dinner drinks in front of Richie Moe.

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
33: Victoria Chavez
32: Giovanni Scorzo
31: Tim Wilson
30: Travis Nass
29: Jason Alford
28: Clint Spotleson
27: Daniel Wayne
26: Korina Adkins
25: Carla Wade Logan
24: Jeff Zimmerman
23: Gabriele Bertaccini
22: Claudio Urciuoli
21: Peter DeRuvo
20: Natalie Morris
19: Eliot Wexler
18: Sam Fox
17: Bryan Dooley

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Location Info

Citizen Public House

7111 E. 5th Ave. Ste. E., Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails

2 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Music

Hana Japanese Eatery

5524 N. 7th Ave., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Roka Akor

7299 N. Scottsdale Road, Paradise Valley, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Posh Improvisational Cuisine

7167 E. Rancho Vista Drive, Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Restaurant


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