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Amy Binkley

Co-Owner of Binkley’s Restaurant, Bink’s Midtown, Bink’s Scottsdale and Café Bink

“When you’re the wife and business partner of Kevin Binkley, one of the Valley’s most celebrated chefs, you learn early on that the spotlight won’t be focused on you, a situation that suits modest miracle-worker Amy Binkley just fine. As the glue that holds the couple’s burgeoning empire together, she’s the efficiency expert who handles staff training, payroll and many other day-to-day activities, including creating stellar wine lists that reflect the tenor of each location — whether it’s elegant Binkley’s, casual Café Bink or veggie-driven Bink’s Midtown. Nowadays, she’s also dashing off to a fourth location in Scottsdale, slated to open in December. But don’t expect to see this former chef, whose resume includes stints at the prestigious Inn at Little Washington (where she outranked Kevin) and Taylor’s Refresher ever break a sweat. She may be quiet, but she’s as tough as her famous husband, which is why he calls her ‘bad ass.’”

—Nikki Buchanan, Binkley’s friend, writer and co-member of Les Dames d'Escoffier