Meet the Chef

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A James Beard recognized and celebrated food pioneer, Chef Kevin Binkley has inspired a Southwest culinary scene that is both artfully presented and exotically composed. Owner of four award-winning restaurants throughout the Phoenix Valley, Chef Binkley continues to push the boundaries of gastronomic innovation.  His sumptuous dishes are as renowned as the atmosphere he creates.

A graduate of the Scottsdale Culinary Institute in 1994, Chef Kevin had the opportunity to hone his craft and skills while working at two of the top 13 restaurants in the United States: The French Laundry and the Inn at Little Washington.

In 2004, Chef Binkley fulfilled his long-time dream when he opened Binkley’s Restaurant with his wife Amy. The Cave Creek restaurant continues to receive numerous accolades alongside its sister restaurants, Café Bink, Bink’s Midtown, and Bink’s Scottsdale.

Serving up fresh, local, produce with a twist, Binkley transforms food into eatable art, incorporating the freshest and highest quality ingredients into the seasonal menus at all of his restaurants.

Chef Binkley’s vision has always been to provide not just a dish, but an experience. He continues to do so on a daily basis.

Awards

  • Finalist, Best Chef of the Southwest, James Beard Award Foundation, 2013
  • Best New Restaurant, Phoenix New Times, 2013 (Bink’s Midtown)
  • Best New Restaurant, Phoenix Magazine, 2013 (Bink’s Midtown)
  • Best Happy Hour, Phoenix New Times, 2013 (Bink’s Midtown)
  • Best Restaurants, AZ Central, 2013 (Binkley’s)
  • Food Pioneer, Foodist Awards, 2013
  • Best of Luxury, Best of Luxury Fine Dining, 2013 (Binkley’s)
  • Top 100 Hot Spots, Open Table, 2013 (Binkley’s)
  • Top 100 Hot Spots, Open Table, 2013 (Bink’s Midtown)
  • #1 of the Top 10 Gourmet Restaurants, AZ Central, 2013 (Binkley’s)
  • Top 5 American-Contemporary Restaurants, Experience Arizona, 2012
  • Top 100 Restaurants in the U.S., Open Table, 2012 (Binkley’s)
  • Best Molecular Gastronomist, Phoenix New Times, 2012 (Binkley’s)
  • Finalist, Best Chef of the Southwest, James Beard Award Foundation, 2012
  • Critic’s Pick Best AZ Restaurant, AZ Central, 2011 (Binkley’s)
  • Semifinalist, Best Chef of the Southwest, James Beard Award Foundation, 2011
  • Best Place to Take a Foodie, Phoenix New Times, 2010 (Binkley’s)
  • Nomination Best Chef of the Southwest, James Beard Award Foundation, 2010
  • Best Dining as Theatre, Phoenix New Times, 2009 (Binkley’s)
  • Nominated Best Chef of the Southwest, James Beard Award Foundation, 2009
  • Best Destination Dining, Phoenix New Times, 2008 (Binkley’s)
  • Nominated Best Chef of the Southwest, James Beard Award Foundation, 2008
  • Chef Extraordinaire, Scottsdale Culinary Festival, 2007
  • America’s Top Restaurants, Zagat, 2006, 2007 (Binkley’s)
  • Feature, Food & Wine, May 2007
  • Best Restaurant That Lives Up to the Hype, Phoenix New Times, 2007 (Binkley’s)
  • Nominated Best Chef of the Southwest, James Beard Award Foundation, 2007
  • Best Overall Dining Experience “Best of Phoenix 2006” Phoenix New Times, Oct. 2006
  • Best Overall Dining Experience, Phoenix New Times, 2006 (Binkley’s)
  • Nominated Best Chef of the Southwest, James Beard Award Foundation, 2006
  • Valley’s Best New Chefs, Arizona Food and Lifestyles, 2005
  • Hot 50 Restaurant Guide, Bon Appetit, March 2005 (Binkley’s)
  • Best Restaurant “Rep’s Best 2005” Arizona Republic, Nov. 2005 (Binkley’s)
  • Nominated Best Chef of the Southwest, James Beard Award Foundation, 2005
  • Best New Restaurant, Arizona Republic, 2004 (Binkley’s)
  • Best New Restaurant, Phoenix Magazine, 2004 (Binkley’s)

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