Elizabeth Falkner

Chef

New York

Elizabeth Falkner loves culinary competition — she's tested her cooking mettle on TV shows like Next Iron Chef and Top Chef Masters. But she also likes being in the kitchen. She founded Citizen Cake, a bakery in San Francisco's South of Market, in 1997. It was an immediate hit. Then in fall 2012, Falkner went outside the dessert realm and made her way to Brooklyn to open Krescendo, a Neapolitan pizzeria. Her other accomplishments include a 2005 Pastry Chef of the Year nomination by the James Beard Foundation and serving on the board of directors of Women Chefs and Restaurateurs. Demolition Desserts, her first cookbook, was a finalist for the Julia Child, Best First Cookbook award in 2008. Cooking Off the Clock, her second book, was released in fall 2012.