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.
|Hand-drawn recipes of desserts by Francesca Bianco|
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Born in New York and with a background in fashion (she went to FIT and Parsons and worked as a buyer and custom bridal designer for 25 years), Francesca Bianco made her way to Phoenix 15 years ago - on the heels of her son, you may have heard of him, Chris. At 12 she received her first crepe pan from her grandmother and although not a trained chef, Francesca's knowledge of family recipes from both Northern and Southern Italy give her a special know-how that money can't buy. When she's not baking cakes and desserts at Italian Restaurant or welcoming guests into the dining room every Thursday, you can find her working at the Heard Museum.
"I'm just a pair on hands in the back," Francesca says. More »