It's the latest edition of "As the Resort Restaurant World Turns," folks. And this time, it's the pastry chefs doing the moving.
- Todd Sicolo Leaves Royal Palms; New Menu Stays in Place
- Lee Hillson Leaves T. Cook's for The Phoenician
"Completely revamping the dessert menu." That's th ... More >>
Chef Salad takes a detour this week, interviewing three more of the country's leading beverage industry experts, all of whom are participants in the second annual AZ Cocktail Week, which started this past weekend and runs through February 22. Seminars are held in the Sands Room at the Hotel Valley H ... More >>
This is part two of my interview with Greg LaPrad, chef-owner of Quiessence and Morning Glory Cafe. If you missed part one, where LaPrad gave negative "foodies" a serious tongue-lashing, read it here.
-- Joshua Johnson of Kai Dishes on Antelope Liver and Working for a Celebrity Chef
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This is part two of my interview with Todd Sicolo, executive chef of T. Cook's and the Royal Palms Resort & Spa. If you missed part one, read it here.
-- Chef Salad Highlights: The Funny, Astute and Provocative Comments Our Local Chefs Made in 2012
-- Chef Salad Highlights Part II: The S ... More >>
Ever wonder how new cocktails are created? On a recent Friday afternoon, I found out at J&G Steakhouse, where Belinda Chang, the six-month-new beverage director for Culinary Concepts Hospitality Group (a company in partnership with Starwood Hotels that uses menus created by Jean-Georges Vongerichten ... More >>
See also: Well, Gastro my Lounge
This is part two of my interview with Stephen Jones, the executive chef of Blue Hound Kitchen and Cocktails. If you missed part one, read it here.
What's your favorite food smell: A whole roasted suckling pig.
What's your favorite cookbook: Eggs by Michael Roux. ... More >>
See also: Christopher Gross Makes Pig Feet You'd Walk a Mile For
See also: Chris Curtiss Dishes on His First Phoenix Gig and Why Food Network Sucks
Christopher's Restaurant and Crush Lounge
Biltmore Fashion Park
2502 E. Camelback Road, Suite #102, Phoenix
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This is part two of my interview with Beau Macmillan, executive chef at Sanctuary. Read part one here.
You're dining at a restaurant. What's the one thing that makes you crazy?: When the check is presented, the server has got to be on top of it; if you say you will be right back, you'd better be ... More >>
Keyon FareghiFor Chef Matt Carter, a trip across Scottsdale means a journey from France to Spain -- and back again. Now, that's a worldly guy. The Mission in Old Town Scottsdale offers margaritas and twinkly lights alongside the Spanish cuisine, while Kierland Comm ... More >>
Carol BlonderJulia Baker
We recently visited Julia Baker at her headquarters in the Scottsdale Airpark. The "no talking" kitchen was in full swing preparing holiday confections for corporate customers and Julia Baker's Chocolate Boutique at The Montelucia. Julia graciuosly gave us a tour, and o ... More >>
Chef Christopher Gross may be a picky eater, but there's one thing he's famous for that a lot of people won't even touch: Foie gras. His favorite ingredient earned him and Christopher's Restaurant and Crush Lounge a lot of flak and a handful of protests from animal rights activists and our vote for ... More >>
There have been big changes at Cielo this week.Executive chef Donald Lemperle, who led the restaurant's previous incarnations as Fiamma and Asia de Cuba, is no longer working there, and has been replaced by new executive chef Comer Smith.Smith tells me he's just finalized his "technically sound" ... More >>
I've lived with vegetarians. I even was one for a while. And I live with a vegan now. Cooking without meat doesn't faze me. But it elicits quite a negative response from many of my fellow students.
I don't get it. So I'm getting on my soapbox.
Chefs should be able to deal with all sorts of dietar ... More >>
Did your April Bon Appetit land in your mailbox yet?
Mine just did, and I was happy to see Scottsdale's chic Roka Akor included in restaurant editor Andrew Knowlton's list of ten best new places for sushi. Sure, the place stands out from the crowd more for its unusual robatayaki offerings than its ... More >>