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Center of Attraction

By Nora Burba Trulsson and Taylor Transtrum

Main photo by Windsor Dalton


These Valley tastemakers and trendsetters know a thing or two about keeping up appearances. Here, they share their secrets to looking and feeling like a million bucks.

Gabriele Bertaccini
He’s charming, devastatingly handsome and whips up a mean bowl of truffle pasta. Is there anything “Chef Gabe” can’t do?

Chef Gabe Bertaccini exudes exuberant energy and Italian charm—this despite a career as a private chef, where events often run until 2am, and a side gig as a Spin instructor that has him waking a few hours later to teach a crack-of-dawn class. Born in Florence, Italy, where he went to culinary school, Bertaccini came to Arizona on a vacation in 2005 and was smitten enough to study at ASU. He launched Il Tocco Food and a sister company, Culinary Mischief, a few years later, through which he creates exclusive dinner parties and invite-only popup dining adventures, respectively. When he’s not teaching at Scottsdale’s Flywheel, Bertaccini, 32, keeps endorphins pumping by taking a road bike down to South Mountain Park. “It’s an Italian thing,” he says. “We love cycling.” When he can, Bertaccini tries to carve out some chill time and sticks to an unfussy grooming routine. “I love coming home to a peaceful environment—even though I’m not home that much.”

1 “When I can’t ride outdoors, I Spin at home. Riding is my decompression chamber.” RevMaster Pro, $1,399, by LeMond at

2 “It vibrates, so it’s much better than a standard roller. I use it to loosen up my neck and back.” Vyper 2.0, $199,

3 “This gives my hair texture like I’ve been surfing, even if I do live in the desert.” Gold Lust dry shampoo, $44,

4 “Arizona is so dry. I use this overnight to hydrate my skin.” B Triple C facial balancing gel, $120,

5 “I put a little of this under my eyes for puffiness and dark circles. It keeps me from looking tired.” Caffeine solution, $7,

6 “I think that after 30, you need one fragrance that people know you by. This is my signature scent.” Oud Minerale, $230,

Photo by Constance Higley