The former Chef and partner of two Michelin recommended restaurants in San Francisco, Elizabeth Falkner is one of the most recognized faces (and heads of hair) in the Bay Area culinary scene.
A graduate of the San Francisco Art Institute with filmmaking aspirations, Falkner eventually found her calling in the world of pastry. In 1997, she founded Citizen Cake, a retail bakery, and eventually expanded it into an elegant restaurant, bar, and patisserie. Citizen Cake was awarded recommendation by Michelin for three consecutive years and scooped up numerous awards from both local and national media. She continued to explore her savory side with the opening of her second restaurant, Orson, in 2008, conceptually blurring the lines between sweet and savory. In 2012, Falkner moved on to New York City to start Krescendo, a pizzeria in Brooklyn. Though she was once dubbed “”the ultimate sugar mama” by actor Robin Williams, Falkner knows her pizza pies too: she was the first American woman to win the Classic Italian category in the World Pizza Championship in Naples.
Besides running restaurants, Elizabeth loves culinary competition—she was a competitor on Food Network’s The Next Iron Chef and Iron Chef America and a judge on Bravo’s Top Chef and Just Desserts. She has also been a guest chef on Rachael Ray’s $40 a Day, Martha Stewart Living, and more.
We recently met up with Elizabeth at Krescendo (check out that sparkly tiled pizza oven!) to make three recipes using Dofino Havarti Slices. She made her own tartine with Havarti, bacon, kale, and peppers, and you can view the recipe here.
Check out the video, which was filmed for LXTV 1st Look, and watch Elizabeth make her dish!
Elizabeth Falkner Prepares Tartines with Dofino Cheese