Culinary Arts

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  • Blogs

    October 26, 2012

    Monti Carlo and Le Cordon Bleu Hold MasterChef Contest This Saturday

    Friends and family swear you're a champion cook, but do you have the chops to make it on MasterChef, Season 4? My 103.9 Morning DJ and former MasterChef contestant Monti Carlo has partnered with Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Scottsdale (Sky Bridge Campus) to hold a MasterChef contest th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 20, 2012

    Top Five Phoenix Food Stories of the Week

    Every week, there's a cornucopia of Phoenix food news, features, and reviews to report here at Chow Bella. If you're like most people, you probably just don't have the time to get to all of it. It's kind of like those burgers at Old Town Whiskey; it just won't all fit in your mouth ... or in this ca ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2012

    Stephen Jones Explains Why Fried Bologna Is on the Menu and Whistling Is Never Allowed in the Kitchen

    See also: Well, Gastro My Lounge! See also: Winner of Arizona Cocktail Week is Lead Bartender at Blue Hound Stephen Jones Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails Hotel Palomar, CityScape 2 E. Jefferson Street, Phoenix 602-253-6633 This is part one of my interview with Stephen Jones ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 25, 2012

    Jacques Pépin and Barbara Fenzl Cook Southwestern Cuisine on PBS

    If you love cooking shows that focus on teaching -- not drama -- you're in for a real treat at 7 p.m. on Monday, June 4. That's when Eight, Arizona PBS premieres Jacques Pépin Cooks for Eight, a two-hour cooking special starring world-famous French chef Jacques Pépin and Arizona's own culinary c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 31, 2012

    Damon Brasch of Green and Nami, Part 2

    Lauren Saria​Yesterday we shared the first part of our talk with vegan chef and owner of Green, Damon Brasch who shared the story behind the century-year-old buildings that now house his most recent culinary endeavors in the middle of downtown Phoenix. Today Brasch, known also for his mad mu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 21, 2011

    Author Kathleen Flinn of Kitchen Counter Cooking School Coming to Phoenix for First Chow Bella Book Club Event

    Kathleen Flynn, author of Kitchen Counter Cooking School ​When we started the Chow Bella Book Club earlier this month with Changing Hands Bookstore, the hope was that eventually CHB would be able to persuade some kick-ass food writers to come to town. Well, that was quick. We'd barely annou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 20, 2011

    Chef Veronica Arroyo of Bourbon Steak

    Maya DukmasovaChef Veronica Arroyo prepares one of Bourbon Steak's signature desserts​This week we chat with Veronica Arroyo, pastry chef of Bourbon Steak at the Scottsdale Princess. Some of you may recall her delicious contributions to Chow Bella's Caramelpalooza and Pie Social. Originally from ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2010

    Andrea Volpi of Local Bistro

      Courtesy of Local Bistro Milan-born chef Andrea Volpi fancies himself a gypsy. After learning to cook in his mother's kitchen, Volpi enrolled in a top Italian culinary school; then traveled through Italy and Spain for several years before crossing the ocean and set ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 13, 2010

    Christopher's Wine Dinner, Holiday Cooking Classes and Apple Strudel Pie In Today's Eater's Digest

    FatFree Vegan Kitchen​ Hungry for your early morning serving of food news, with no preservatives or additives?King Estate Wine DinnerTell that special someone that a date night is in order, grab your favorite foodie or your wine snob buddy for Christopher's Wine Dinner featuring Oregon's King Esta ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 27, 2010

    Luis Millan of Canteen Modern Tequila Bar, Part Two

    Chef Luis Millan of Canteen Modern Tequila Bar fuses together his Mexican heritage, French cooking techniques, Spanish food adoration and Arizona kitchen experience to create really interesting dishes with international flair.

  • Blogs

    December 15, 2009

    Chef Talk: Peter DeRuvo, Sassi

    ​Peter DeRuvo's come a long way since he started as executive chef at north Scottsdale's Sassi a couple years ago. Since he's been in the kitchen, the beautiful Italian restaurant has received the AAA Four Diamond award, a high honor indeed. Part of Sassi's appeal is its ever-changing menu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2009

    "Provocateurs, trendsetters, and rabble-rousers" from

    ​If you like to geek out on culinary trend pieces as much as I do, then you'll love the baker's dozen of food culture somebodies and tastemakers that the website has compiled for its first-annual Chow 13 Awards. From the dude who has Angelenos compulsively checking Twitter to get the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 26, 2009

    CRAVE Arizona is Perfectly Balanced Gluttony

    ​Celebrity chefs. Blind wine tasting contests. Food samples from dozens of Valley restaurants. Only two weeks after Scottsdale's Dine Out With the Chefs event, culinary afficianados from across the Valley loosened their belts for another huge epicurean event: CRAVE Arizona ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 20, 2009

    This Week: Crave Arizona Culinary Festival

    ​The folks behind Crave Arizona set the bar really high with the event's debut last year (it was originally dubbed Eats3), but round two, set for October 22 to 24, promises to be an even bigger culinary blowout, featuring 50 high-profile Arizona chefs and a handful of celebrity guests who'll ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 8, 2009

    Cafe: Nine 05

    ​If there's one thing missing from our monthly outing to First Friday it's blueberry mochi cake. Don't get us wrong. We like street-side brats and popcorn as much as the next guy, but even once in a while we want to class it up. Seems Matt Carter of Nine 05 feels the same way. Food Critic Mi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 1, 2009

    Kai Alum Takes Over at Central Grille

    It's only been open two months, but Sunnyslope's Central Grille is already undergoing a menu overhaul -- and an upgrade, from the sounds of it. Executive chef Bruce Griffin III, who took the helm in the kitchen last week, is the former sous chef at the AAA Five Diamond dining destination Kai, a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 28, 2009

    5 Upcoming Culinary Events to Plan For

    Get out your calendars, folks. And your credit cards. You've paid your dues through the most boooring part of summer, and now you can finally treat yourselves with tickets or reservations for some exciting culinary events coming up in the next month or so. It's just the beginning of the culinary/so ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 28, 2009

    Chef Talk: Brian Ferguson, 98 South

    Lauren GilgerChef Brian Ferguson outside of 98 South in downtown Chandler.​Brian Ferguson runs the most organized, least serious army platoon in town. It's also the tastiest. Those are his words, by the way, "army platoon." He describes his team as "a very tight, cohesive unit. You don't have to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 22, 2009

    Open Casting in PHX for Next Food Network Star

    The Food Network has certainly found its fair share of TV fodder from Valley restaurants; will it find a future TV personality here, too? Maybe so -- the popular reality series The Next Food Network Star is coming to town July 8 for an open casting for its 2010 season. "We are looking for pe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 12, 2009

    Cooking School Secrets: A Pint, a Pound, the Whole World Round

    Measure liquids in a liquid measuring cup - dry ingredients in a dry measure cup. All my cooking life, I've paid attention to this detail painstakingly, figuring that cooking and baking was so scientific that even the slightest mis-measurement would end in disaster. Ah, the things you learn in cul ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 29, 2009

    Cooking School Secrets: Meet the Future Chef

    All my life, passion, rather than reason, has led to my relationships, my jobs and my extracurricular activities. It's why I ended up in culinary school when I have a house, some kids and a few pets to support. Here's the short version: I've always been a late bloomer. Dated late.Married late. Had ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 5, 2008

    Phoenix Phoodies: David Johnson is a Sommelier and a Gentleman

    David Johnson has wine on the brain. Why not? It runs in the family. He can trace his familial roots in the wine and spirits business back to 17th century Jacobite revolutionaries. As a sommelier in training, he spent years in Europe, honing both his palate and his craft. Now back in Arizona, he i ... More >>

  • Best of Phoenix

    September 27, 2007
  • Film

    June 28, 2007

    Incredible, Edible

    Health inspectors everywhere shaken to their core

  • Calendar

    January 18, 2007

    How to Bake a 14-Layer Cake

    Assuming you can cook in the first place. . .

  • News

    May 11, 2006

    Xtreme Cuisine

    Arizona's cunning culinary wizard Chef Kaz Yamamoto prepares taboo illegal moveable feasts for the elite and über-rich

  • Calendar

    April 14, 2005

    Virgin Island

    Culinary fest tries new tropical theme

  • Calendar

    April 8, 2004

    Conspicuous Consumption

    The Scottsdale Culinary Festival gets cooking

  • Dining

    January 2, 2003

    Inn Sync

    New resort restaurants set a tony table

  • Dining

    January 31, 2002

    A Meal of Living Dangerously

    The Valley of the Sun gets a heaping helping of "cuisine de sol"

  • Dining

    October 25, 2001

    Not Your Mama's Recipe

    When the 'contesting' bug bites, the cooks get creative

  • Dining

    September 27, 2001

    The Radicchio's Red Glare

    Valley eateries raise funds for the survivors of slain NY restaurant workers

  • Dining

    August 9, 2001

    Summertime Blues

    Two upscale restaurants close their doors

  • Dining

    June 28, 2001

    Fork Medicine

    Friends pitch in when chef falls ill

  • Dining

    April 26, 2001

    Chop Screwy

    House of Rice dishes up classes for the culinarily clueless

  • Dining

    February 8, 2001

    The Range Loner

    Personal chef caters to those with more disposable income than time

  • Dining

    November 2, 2000

    Party Hardy

    Pleasures of the Palettes a success

  • Best of Phoenix

    September 21, 2000

    Best School Meal

    The Desert Oasis
    Scottsdale Community College
    9000 East Chaparral, Scottsdale

  • Dining

    August 31, 2000

    Group Grub

    Communal dining is the latest rage for restaurants hoping to woo diners with the promise of fine food, fun and new friends

  • Dining

    June 15, 2000

    Waiting for Gourmet

    Valley diners search for variety

  • Dining

    April 20, 2000
  • Dining

    January 6, 2000
  • Dining

    December 17, 1998
  • News

    November 27, 1997

    Food Fighter

    Time and again, Valley restaurant legend Nick Ligidakis has cooked his own goose. Will Cafe Niko be another overtrimmed turkey?

  • Dining

    January 16, 1997
  • News

    July 4, 1996


    Has Todd Hall, the chef boy wonder, grown up?

  • Dining

    September 7, 1995
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