100 Women We Love: Class of 2011

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Elizabeth Falkner

While the faces of Botoxified housewives and spray tanned twenty-somethings proliferate on reality television, there’s at least one refreshingly real presence on the tube. Enter Elizabeth Falkner, chef/partner of Citizen Cake and Orson in San Francisco, a recent judge on Bravo’s Top Chef: Just Desserts, a 2009 competitor on Top Chef Masters and a three-time competitor on Food Network Challenge, among other gigs. Falkner founded her flagship bakery in 1997, which has since been awarded recommendations by Michelin. By expanding into savory fare with Orson, Falkner proved she's about more than just desserts. She says it’s her loved ones who keep her going. “What inspires me are all the talented people around me who I genuinely care for and who are wanting me to do my work better every day.” –SJ

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