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.
Hannah E. Williams
Today: A true iconoclast.
Tastemaker 11: Chrysa Robertson
Chrysa Robertson was raised in Arizona and trained primarily under the watchful eye of Carol Steele -- as one of C. Steele & Co.'s first and longest employees. After brief stints out of town, Robertson came home in 1993 to open Rancho Pinot Grill in its original location at Town & Country in Phoenix. Years ago she moved to the Paradise Valley/Scottsdale border and recently she dropped the "Grill" but Rancho Pinot remains one of the longest-running, highest-quality Arizona-inspired restaurants in town. And if you meet Robertson, we guarantee you won't soon forget her.More »