Elizabeth Falkner

With same-sex marriages in the works all over San Francisco, Citizen Cake is about to get very busy. Just steps from city hall, executive chef Elizabeth Falkner’s restaurant and pastry shop will see a spike in cake orders, but Falkner is used to the action. As an alumna of Iron Chef America, this plucky gourmand is fairly quick on her feet. “It’s fun, a sprint,” she says of her appearance on the popular show. Falkner is no stranger to the small screen, having appeared as a guest judge on Bravo’s Top Chef and as a competitor on the Food Network’s Challenge series. Her 2007 cookbook, Demolition Desserts, was nominated for the International Association of Culinary Professionals’ First Book award. Her latest project, Orson Restaurant & Bar, is a large space with killer cocktails, innovative dishes and a hip vibe. –LL

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