5: Stephen Jones

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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 actually makes us crave a trip to CityScape.

5: Stephen Jones

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Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails' Top Dog and Executive Chef Stephen Jones has an impressive culinary career: he's cooked with Mark Tarbell and most recently served as the executive chef at Latilla at the Boulders Resort in Scottsdale. With a background from Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Pasadena, Calif., he honed his craft across many major food-centric cities and says he fell in love with Phoenix and its abundance of quality, local crops and fellow talent. When he's not in the kitchen, you can spot Jones tending to his at-home garden or walking his rescued pit bull-lab mix, Jake, around his neighborhood.

I arrived in Phoenix with... An open mind but very apprehensive about my journey ahead...also asking myself, "Where did I just land?"

If I was sitting down to dinner for six, my five dream dining companions would be... Marie Antoinette, my mother Stephanie, my aunt Mary, Chef Michel Roux and Chef Jonathan Waxman.

One place everyone who comes to Phoenix must eat is... At Pizzeria Bianco. It has this mythical feel about it, because when people read about it in magazines and in reviews online, they read "Best Pizza in America" and are stunned because it's in Phoenix. But it IS that good, and most importantly, it's soulful.

One menu item this city could do without is... What's great about this city is there is something for everyone. As long as the menu items are done well, there will always be someone who likes them. However, I do think originality is important and it's what I strive for at Blue Hound.

My last meal in Phoenix would be... A combination of items from some of my favorite Phoenix chefs - Justin Beckett, Kevin Binkley, Charleen Badman, Nobuo Fukuda, Kelly Fletcher or Mark Tarbell...there are so many more, too. That's the thing about Phoenix now, there are so many talented chefs cooking here and really doing it right! I'm proud and humbled to be a part of the culinary scene here.

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
9: Eytan Zias
8: Bob McClendon
7: Snir and Kierstin Mor
6: Francesca Bianco

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Location Info

Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails

2 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Music

Pizzeria Bianco

623 E. Adams St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

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