New York, NY
Chef/Author/TV Culinary Instigator
Chef Elizabeth Falkner is one of the culinary world’s
most recognizable chefs and continues to be a leader and pioneer in the
culinary arts. For more than twenty years, she wowed the
San Francisco/Bay Area with her desserts, then with two
Michelin-recommended restaurants - Citizen Cake, a multiple
award winning restaurant, bar and patisserie, and Orson.
After moving to New York in 2012, Falkner successfully launched two independent
restaurants within a year and gained immediate successful press including a 2
Star NY Times review for her pizza in Brooklyn.
Falkner is a multiple award winning chef and a James
Beard Foundation Award nominee.
A lover of culinary competition, Falkner has competed
in multiple culinary competitions including Food Network’s “Next Iron Chef, Redemption,” “Iron Chef America” and “Next Iron Chef, Super
Chefs,” in which she was a finalist and runner up. She has
been a three time competitor on “Food Network Challenge,” as well
as a contestant on Bravo’s “Top Chef Masters.” In addition to
competing, Falkner also has acted as judge on several episodes on the Top
Chef series on Bravo network and on Cooking Channel and Food Network, Canada
Chef Falkner was the first American to win the “Freestyle” category
of the World Pizza Championship in Naples, Italy in 2012 with her pizza called,
“Finnochio Flower Power”.
Falkner also has consulted for numerous products and brands
including ScharffenBerger, Prosciutto di Parma, Meat and Livestock
Australia, Pillsbury, Starbucks, iSi, and is the first female chef on the
culinary council of Holland-America Line.
Falkner’s first cookbook, Demolition Desserts (2007) was a
finalist for IACP’s Julia Child Best First Cookbook award in 2008. Cooking Off
the Clock, her second book, was released August 2012.
Currently, Falkner is working on a memoir book, a theatrical food
performance art piece, training for the NYC Marathon and other speaking, food
and fitness, television and web projects. She served as the president of Women
Chefs & Restaurateurs from April 2014 to April 2015 as well programming and
producing the most highly attended annual conference and Women Who Inspire awards
and gala in NYC in April 2015.
A graduate of the San Francisco Art Institute with a particular
interest in film, and a long time soccer player, Falkner often finds
culinary inspiration in film, art, music and sculpture as well as team