9: Eytan Zias

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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 with a real edge.

Tastemaker 9: Eytan Zias

See also: Phoenix Knife House Moving to Bigger Digs in Arcadia

After a 10 year cooking career working at New York restaurants such as Aureole, Le Cote Basque and Craft, Eytan Zias decided to open the Phoenix Knife House, a chef supply store specializing in kitchen knives, waterstone sharpening and chef uniforms. The shop has been described as "the barber shop for chefs," but also caters to the Valley's home cooks and after five years in business has one of the top collections of Japanese knives in the US. October 1st the shop will be moving to a larger location at 4837 E. Indian School Rd in the Arcadia neighborhood.

I arrived in Phoenix with... Literally a backpack (the first time). Originally from Jerusalem, Israel, I left there in a hurry when I was around 20 and came here since I had family. I found it extremely slow paced and boring, went to culinary school at SCI and moved to NY to cook.

My second time moving here was in '04 to help out with the Fiamma restaurant at the James hotel (may it rest in peace) and was supposed to be temporary - but after a two year stint there and a year at Kai it seemed to be pretty permanent.

I now live in Phoenix by choice, have put down roots, and wouldn't trade it for any other city in the world.

If I was sitting down to dinner for six, my five dream dining companions would be... Bill Maher, Senator Al Franken, Mitch Hedberg, my wife Joy, and Beyonce (maybe Alain Passard as an alternate).

One place everyone who comes to Phoenix must eat is... Tacos Jaliscos on 68th St. (North of Thomas)

One menu item this city could do without is... The Hummus Trio plate - there is no such thing as a cilantro or red pepper flavored hummus, just call it what it is: a bad chickpea dip (also the bacon craze is idiotic and has got to stop).

My last meal in Phoenix would be... Blowing through my savings at Shinbay.

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
16: Bernie Kantak
15: Jim Cerreta Sr.
14: Josh Hebert
13: Michael Brown
12: Dave Johnson
11: Chrysa Robertson
10: Joe Johnston

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Phoenix Knife House

4837 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix, AZ

Category: General

Tacos Jalisco

3060 N. 68th St., Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Restaurant

ShinBay

7001 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Restaurant

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