Besides running restaurants, Elizabeth Falkner loves culinary competition as a sport and is one of the most recognizable chefs in the culinary scene. Elizabeth founded Citizen Cake, as a retail bakery, in 1997.
Citizen Cake was an immediate hit, and after a few years she expanded it into an elegant restaurant, bar, and patisserie. Citizen Cake was awarded recommendations by Michelin in 2007, 2008 and 2009 and scooped up numerous awards from both local and national media.
Elizabeth was also the chef/partner of Orson restaurant and bar, which opened in 2008 in an old steel foundry warehouse in the South of Market district of San Francisco. Orson had also been awarded recommendation by Michelin since 2008 and has been featured in many local and national media.
Elizabeth will relocate to Brooklyn, NY in the summer of 2012 to open a restaurant in Brooklyn.
Demolition Desserts, her first cookbook, was published by Ten Speed Press in 2007. Using vivid manga-inspired graphics, Demolition Desserts lays out the elements of Falkner's multi-part contemporary desserts to make even the most inventive combinations easily accessible to home chefs. Demolition Desserts was a finalist for IACP’s Julia Child, Best First Cookbook award in 2008 and was selected “favorite book”, by the students of Le Cordon Bleu in Paris, also in 2008.
Cooking Off the Clock, her second book, was released in fall of 2012 and her third book, Citizen Cake will come in fall of 2013, both also published by Ten Speed Press.
A graduate of the San Francisco Art Institute with a particular interest in film, Falkner often finds culinary inspiration in film, art, music, and sculpture.