Culinary Arts

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    August 6, 2014

    Eight's Great GrillFest Returns to Peoria This Fall; Tickets on Sale This Friday

    Last fall Eight, Arizona PBS hosted the first annual Eight's Great GrillFest in Peoria, bringing national and local celebrity chefs to the Valley to celebrate the art of cooking with fire. This November the event will return to a new venue and will have a new focus on fine wines. Some of the Southwe ... More >>

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    June 19, 2014

    5 Best Things to Eat and Drink This Weekend in Metro Phoenix

    "Sweet Julia" Series Debut Saturday, June 21 Catch Phoenix's own confection queen Julia Baker in the debut of the six-episode series Sweet Julia this Saturday on The Cooking Channel. (Check your local listings for times.) The series will cover everything from desserts -- of course -- to how to inco ... More >>

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    January 21, 2014

    Classic Cooking Academy and Artisan Food Guild Launch Food and Drink Incubator

    There are incubators for tech startups and incubators for socially minded ventures, but when it comes to helping would-be restaurateurs or food artisans, resources can be hard to find. This is why Roy Allen, founder of online food group the Artisan Food Guild, has teamed up with Classic Cooking Acad ... More >>

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    September 23, 2013

    Gluten-Free Pizza Class, Recreational Culinary School and More This Week in Metro Phoenix

    If you're feeling a bit blue that school's starting up without you, this is the week to get your brain back in action. Luci's Healthy Marketplace will be hosting a gluten-free cooking class and Classic Cooking Academy's nights-only culinary course begins on Thursday. The Parlor: Four Peaks Beer Ta ... More >>

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    January 25, 2013

    Check Out Kick Ass Kake's Larger-Than-Life Lady Gaga Cake

    It's safe to say that Kick Ass Kakes' designer and owner, Jay Murphy, is a big Lady Gaga fan. How big? Big enough to lovingly render a slightly larger than life in cake, frosting and fondant. See Also: --Lady Gaga, US Airways Center --Do Your Cakes Look as Incredible as They Taste? Enter the 2013 ... More >>

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    November 29, 2012

    Classic Cooking Academy Opens New Restaurant, Aptly Called Test Kitchen, in North Scottsdale

    For music fans, seeing a band before they become famous is pretty flippin' cool. So why not hitch your wagon to a rising star of the culinary world as well? You may be able to find one at North Scottsdale's Classic Cooking Academy. The non-profit culinary school, opened in 2006, recently announced ... More >>

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    October 17, 2012

    Six Favorite Places to Take Cooking Classes in Metro Phoenix

    There comes a time in everyone's life when they have to learn to cook more than scrambled eggs and frozen pizzas. For those of us who grew up in homes that relied on take-out and frozen foods, this can be a particularly hard transition. But fret not, there are plenty of places where you too can lear ... More >>

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    August 16, 2012

    Anatomy of a Fondant Covered Cookie with Tammie Coe of Tammie Coe Cakes

    See also: The 2012 Arizona Culinary Hall of Fame Inductees Are... See also: Tammie Coe Cakes' Tammie Coe: Caramelpalooza Candymakers When you're cooking, it's all about a dash of this and a splash of that. But baking is another matter, an exact science. In this series, we're going behind the bakery ... More >>

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    November 21, 2011

    Chef Eric O'Neill and Perry Herst of SmartKitchen

    SmartKitchen SK Chef and President Eric O'Neill ​We're chatting this week with the chefs of SmartKitchen, an online culinary school based out of Scottsdale. Chefs Eric O'Neill and Perry Herst will be explaining how they got involved with the unique culinary concept and later this week we'll ... More >>

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    March 2, 2011

    Cooking Classes, Fatazz Meatball Competition Cancels, and Coconut Shrimp Soup in Today's Eater's Digest​Hungry for your early morning serving of food news, with no preservatives or additives?Cooking ClassesSur La table Kierland has  busy month ahead of them. Their calender is packed full of exciting cooking classes waiting to be taken advantage of by aspiring chefs like yourself. ... More >>

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    December 15, 2009

    Arizona Culinary Hall of Fame Solicits Nominees

    ​Three years ago, the folks behind the Scottsdale Culinary Festival invited local foodies to make nominations for its Arizona Culinary Hall of Fame, whose winners are selected by private committee and then feted at the culinary fest's awards dinner. It was the first time in the award's h ... More >>

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    December 10, 2009

    Scottsdale Culinary Institute Changes Its Name

    ​Get ready to say a mouthful as the Scottsdale Culinary Institute changes its name to Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts. Maybe we should be excited--Julia Child, who was featured in the now-on-DVD movie Julie & Julia, attended the Le Cordon Bleu school in Paris. There are cur ... More >>

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    October 13, 2009

    Chef Talk: Felicia Ruiz, Lola Tapas

    Heather Hoch Chef Felicia Ruiz on her newly opened outdoor patio.​Chef Felicia Ruiz is totally adorable. Okay, we don't mean to gush, but she's that special kind of person that makes you feel automatically welcome and at ease, especially in what she calls her second home, Lola Tapas.We gues ... More >>

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    October 5, 2009

    Dine Out with the Chefs Impresses Sophisticated Palates

    Last night at the 4th annual Dine Out with the Chefs event at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, some of the Valley's hottest local chefs came out of their respective restaurant kitchens to cook, serve and wander among us mere mortals. Chef James Porter, whose newly-opened ... More >>

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    October 2, 2009

    Sunday: Dine Out With the Chefs at Scottsdale Center

    J&G Steakhouse​Start saving your appetite now.This Sunday will be a splurge worth blowing your diet for, courtesy of more than 20 high-profile chefs from across the Valley who'll be dishing up mouthwatering tastings at Scottsdale's fourth annual Dine Out With the Chefs event.The festiviti ... More >>

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    August 4, 2009

    Coming in September: Phoenix Cooks!

    ​Yes, Phoenix -- this city will come back to life pretty soon. Things feel slow right now, but at least there's a big culinary event right around the corner, ushering a whole season of activities for food fanatics. Phoenix Cooks! is the shindig to put on your calendar. Scheduled for Saturda ... More >>

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    August 4, 2009

    Chef Talk: Matt Taylor, Metro Brasserie

    Lauren Gilger Executive Chef Matt Taylor in Metro Brasserie in Old Town Scottsdale.​A traditionalist and an up-and-comer at once, 25-year-old Matt Taylor is probably the youngest executive chef around, and he's one of the most well known. Taylor is a curious combination of discipline and e ... More >>

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    June 30, 2009

    Chef Talk: Jacques Qualin, J&G Steakhouse

    Lauren GilgerChef de Cuisine Jacques Qualin at J&G Steakhouse.In a world teeming with celebrity chefs, Jacques Qualin isn't particularly well-known. The J in J&G Steakhouse -- the newish, top-of-the-bill restaurant at The Phoenician -- stands not for Jacques, but for Jean-George, as in J&G's creato ... More >>

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    June 24, 2009

    Behind the Bar: Dave Johnson at Sol y Sombra

    Lauren Gilger Dave Johnson behind the bar at Sol y Sombra.In case you were wondering: Gin was the first flavored vodka; the word "sommelier" originally meant "keeper of pack animals;" and organic spirits will be the next big wave in designer drinks. Oh, and Grey Goose is not any better than a ... More >>

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    April 23, 2009

    Cooking School Secrets: Cooking for Vegetarians/Vegans

    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 >>

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    April 14, 2009

    Cooking School Secrets: Salt & Pepper

    It's a pair like no other. Salt and pepper are so essential to cooking that one of the chefs even joked that culinary school is about paying big money to learn how to use them. I've always been pretty liberal with my use of salt and pepper, but I've said my goodbye to Morton's and black pepper whe ... More >>

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    February 24, 2009

    Cooking School Secrets: Con Fusion

    I'm a Food Network devotee. I love the Iron Chef challenges. The pressure is thrilling but mostly I'm blown away by the way chefs like Hiroyuki Sakai, Masaharu Morimoto and Bobby Flay combine traditions and ingredients. Fusion cuisine. It's innovative...and a big part of why I wanted to go to cu ... More >>

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    November 7, 2007
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    September 25, 2007

    Is cuisine an artform?

    Earlier this year, legendary Spanish chef Ferran Adria found himself out of the frying pan and into the fire, when the organizers of Documenta -- a huge, once-every-five-years contemporary art show held in Kassel, Germany -- invited him to be one of only two Spanish contributors. It's an understat ... More >>

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    September 20, 2007

    Chef Robert McGrath hosts fellow celeb chefs at Taste America

    Ooh, I finally got a hold of the menu for next week's big James Beard Foundation event, Taste America. Check out what Arizona's culinary rock stars -- all James Beard Award winners for Best Chef: Southwest -- are planning for the foodie confab: Miniature Lobster Rolls with Celery-Tarragon Tartar Sa ... More >>

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    August 30, 2007
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    January 20, 2005

    You Say You Wanna Resolution . . .

    Well, you know, we all want to change careers

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    October 14, 2004
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    July 10, 2003


    Local chef takes off, and political hopeful is just off

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    April 24, 2003

    Creatures of the Night

    Zoo hosts party animals

  • Dining

    November 21, 2002

    Look Who's Cooking

    Symington develops a taste for restaurateuring

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    May 23, 2002

    Bon Headed

    Valley foodies get a taste of the big time

  • Calendar

    May 16, 2002

    High Tee

    Golfers go gourmet at Scottsdale invitational

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    November 22, 2001

    Cook Key

    A personal chef is just a click away

  • Best of Phoenix

    September 20, 2001
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    March 29, 2001

    Chef's Surprise

    Local chefs wait eagerly for award announcements

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    December 28, 2000

    Hangover and Out

    Tips for getting rid of the blahs

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    October 26, 2000

    Free Range Chefs

    Three top talents strike out on their own

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    October 5, 2000

    Whining and Dining

    Food fight at the Phoenician

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    April 13, 2000
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    March 16, 2000
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    March 9, 2000
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    December 30, 1999
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    February 18, 1999
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    August 27, 1998
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    March 26, 1998
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    June 12, 1997
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