Best of Our Valley 2019: The Nominees for ‘Most Influential in Valley Food’

Ready, set, vote! Best of Our Valley 2019 is now open for voting. From now through Nov. 30, nominate your favorite local businesses, professionals and individuals across more than 4,000 categories for AZ Foothills annual Best Of Our Valley Web contest.

The very best of each category will ultimately be featured in the coveted AZFoothills April collectors edition issue, a tell-all guide to the coolest people and places in the Valley of the Sun.

Over the coming weeks, we will highlight who’s who in the contest by category so you can get to know your nominees. Whether they’ve been acknowledged for their keen fashion sense or impact on local politics and nonprofits, we always make sure to feature the Valley’s most Influential People. Within the People category, Most Influential in Valley Food nominees include the following contestants.

Don’t forget to head over to the voting page to nominate your choice for Most Influential in Valley Food here!

Bernie Kantak, The Gladly and Citizen Public House

 

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Charleen Badman, FnB

 

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Chef Beau MacMillan, Elements and Food Network Personality

 

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Chef Christopher Collins, Common Grounds Culinary

Chef Christopher Gross, The Wrigley Mansion

 

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Chef Cullen Campbell, Crudo and Okra

 

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Chef Lee Hillson, Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass

 

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Chef Michael DeMaria, M Restaurants & M Catering

Chris Bianco, Pizzeria Bianco

 

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Christina Barrueta, Write on Rubee and award-winning food writer

 

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Craig DeMarco, Upwards Projects

Danielle Leoni, The Breadfruit & Rum Bar

 

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Dennis Mastro, Ocean Club, Mastro’s Steakhouse, Michael Dominick’s and Steak 44

 

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Diana Brandt, AZ Foodie

 

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Erik Merkow, Founder AZ Food & Wine and AZ Food & Beer

 

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Gio Osso, Nico Heirloom Kitchen and Virtu

 

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Jacob Cutino, Homeboy’s Hot Sauce

 

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Joanie Simon, Photographer and chef

 

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Joe Johnston, Joe’s Farm Grill, Joe’s Real BBQ, Liberty Market and Barnone

 

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Julian Wright, Fork & Dagger Development

 

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Justin Beckett, Beckett’s Table and Southern Rail

 

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Kevin Binkley, Binkley’s Restaurant and James Beard Winner

 

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Lauren Bailey, co-founder Upward Projects

 

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Mark Tarbell, Iron Chef Winner and Owner of Tarbell’s

 

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Matt Carter, Chef and Proprietor of Zinc Bistro and Mission

 

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Nobuo Fukuda’s Nobuo, Teeter House

 

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Pat Christofolo, Quiessence/Santa Barbara Catering/The Farm at South Mountain

 

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Rod Keeling, President of Arizona Wine Growers Association

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Ryan Swanson, Kai

 

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Sam Fox, Fox Restaurant Concepts

 

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Silvana Salcido Esparza, Barrio Cafe and James Beard Award Winner

 

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Steve Chucri, President and CEO of Arizona Restaurant Association

 

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Tomaso and Joey Maggiore, The Maggiore Group

 

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Vincent Guerithault, Vincent on Camelback

 

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