Lee Hillson

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    October 9, 2014

    Chef Beau MacMillan Hosts Interactive Dinner Event With Mark Tarbell on Oct. 10

    If you've missed the chef connection you were privy to during the Sanctuary's Lunch and Learn series this summer, you're in luck because the interactive format of the lunch is back with some big names during a special one-night-only dinner event on Friday, October 10. Obviously, chef Beau MacMillan ... 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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    June 9, 2014

    5 Best Places to Eat and Drink This Week in Metro Phoenix

    ZuZu at Hotel Valley Ho Today Tonight ZuZu at the Hotel Valley Ho in Scottsdale will host a Chef's Table dinner featuring the wines of Castello Banfi of Tuscany. The winery is located north of the Mediterranean in Montalcino, Tuscany and has been ranked as North America's leading wine importer for ... More >>

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    March 6, 2014
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    October 17, 2013

    Top 5 Things To Eat This Weekend in Metro Phoenix

    Festival season continues this weekend with the fourth annual Arizona Taco Festival but if you're looking for something a little more celebrity-driven, may we suggest catching some of the region's best chefs as they tour the Valley on Saturday? And if you're planning on heading to Tempe at all, we'v ... More >>

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    September 9, 2013

    17 Food Festivals in Metro Phoenix: Chow Bella's Fall 2013 Guide

    Summer is coming to an end, and while the rest of the country is in mourning, we're celebrating. Now begins the time when the Valley of the Sun comes to life, and now that we can actually stand to be in that sunshine, our favorite season is finally kicking off. Bring on the fall and with it a calend ... More >>

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    May 22, 2013

    Royal Palms Closes T. Cook's for Summer to Renovate, Operates Out of Pop-Up Called Cervantes Bistro, Hires New Executive Chef

    The executive chef position at T. Cook's at the Royal Palms felt like a revolving door for a while there. Long-timer Lee Hillson left for The Phoenician last August, replaced by Todd Sicolo (formerly at the Arizona Biltmore) in October, who turned around and left himself just four months later -- bu ... More >>

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    March 22, 2013

    Lon's at the Hermosa Picks Up a New Pastry Chef; Former One Heads to T. Cook's

    It's the latest edition of "As the Resort Restaurant World Turns," folks. And this time, it's the pastry chefs doing the moving. See also: - 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 >>

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    March 1, 2013

    Todd Sicolo Leaves Royal Palms; New Menu Stays in Place

    Just this week, T. Cook's at the Royal Palms launched new dining menus, courtesy of Todd Sicolo, the executive chef hired last fall to fill Lee Hillson's shoes. And just this morning, the Royal Palms announced that Sicolo, who was on board three months, is leaving the Royal Palms mid-March to return ... More >>

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    February 7, 2013

    Arizona Biltmore Hires Gordon Maybury as New Executive Chef

    After five years at the helm, Todd Sicolo, executive chef at the Arizona Biltmore, left for the Royal Palms late last October. He accepted the executive chef position vacated by Lee Hillson, who had moved to The Phoenician to become executive sous last August. Now the position vacated by Sicolo thre ... More >>

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    December 2, 2012

    Chow Bella's Top 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 >>

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    November 29, 2012

    Conor Favre Leaves Arizona Biltmore for Wild Horse Pass Resort & Spa

    Geez, the culinary cupboard at the Arizona Biltmore is beginning to look a bit bare. Executive Chef Todd Sicolo flew the coop about a month ago to take Lee Hillson's former position at the Royal Palms. Now executive sous chef Conor Favre is leaving the Biltmore to step into Michael O'Dowd's shoes as ... More >>

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    November 6, 2012

    Taylor's Cafe in Arcadia Is Now Daily Bistro: New Look, New Beverage Program, and an Enhanced Menu by Phoenician Chef Lee Hillson

    the 11-year-old breakfast and lunch spot in Arcadia, has undergone a makeover of sorts. Recently opened in the Camelback Village Center (at the corner of 44th Street and Camelback), the restaurant, under new ownership, is now called Daily Bistro. An updated interior and a new beverage program help ... More >>

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    October 26, 2012

    Chef Todd Sicolo Leaves Arizona Biltmore for Royal Palms

    Lee Hillson bid farewell to his comfortable executive chef gig at the Royal Palms a month ago to take on new managerial and operational challenges as executive sous at The Phoenician. Now Todd Sicolo is stepping in to take Hillson's place at the Royal Palms, leaving an executive chef vacancy at the ... More >>

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    October 22, 2012

    Sonoran Lee's Liquid Dinner Puts Honey-Drizzled Biscuits and Roasted Parsnips in Your Beer

    Beer: Lee's Liquid Dinner Brewery: Sonoran Brewing Co. Style: English Brown Ale ABV: 5 percent If we've learned anything from Sonoran's Chef Series beers so far, it's that the cooks tapped for these brews aren't afraid to get a little weird. First we had Jeremy Pacheco, who threw seven different i ... More >>

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    October 16, 2012

    Frank Belosic Returns to The Phoenician as Executive Chef

    After four years as executive chef at the Sheraton Phoenix Downtown, Frank Belosic is coming back to The Phoenician. But this time, as its new executive chef. See also: Lee Hillson Leaves T. Cook's for The Phoenician Prior to the Sheraton, Belosic was the chef de cuisine at Mary Elaine's, The Pho ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 17, 2012

    Craft Beer and "Craft Salmon" at T. Cook's Alaskan Beer Dinner Last Night

    See also: Craft Beer of the Week: Schneider Aventinus Weizenbock T. Cook's at the Royal Palms Resort invited guests to an Alaskan Beer pairing dinner last night, in what it hopes will be the first in a series of beer pairings to run throughout the fall and winter. The evening featured a variety of ... More >>

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    July 30, 2012

    Three Chefs and A Whole Lot of Peas at Sanctuary's Saturday Night Lunch & Learn Dinner

    See Also: Kevin Binkley, Shinji Kurita, Kelly Fletcher, and More Scheduled for Beau Mac's 2012 Lunch & Learn Series See Also: Beau Mac Dishes on His Favorite Herb and What It's Like Being Famous This past Saturday, local celebrity and executive chef at Elements restaurant at the Sanctuary Resort ... More >>

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    July 26, 2012
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    July 9, 2012

    58: Richie Moe

    From now 'til we publish the 2012 edition of Best of Phoenix, New Times and Chow Bella present 100 Tastemakers -- Valley residents who make the cut in our culinary scene. Some you'll know; for others, it'll be a first introduction (but likely not the last). While you're here, check out our 100 Creat ... More >>

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    February 13, 2012

    James Porter, Eddie Matney, and Others Team Up With Local Brewery to Make Their Own Beers

    Sure, we're used to enjoying the food of top-notch Valley chefs, but when's the last time we chug-a-lugged their culinary styles in beer form? The craft beer experts at Scottsdale's Sonoran Brewing Company are setting out to change that. They've teamed up with four, well-known Valley chefs as part ... More >>

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    July 7, 2011

    A Love Letter For Lee Hillson, Something Baked Cookies, Chopped at AndyFood, Boba at Bosa Donuts

    A round-up of tasty morsels from Valley food blogs.​EaterAZ wrote a love letter to Lee Hillson of T. Cook's for his weekly $2 Taco Tuesday promotion. They "can't recommend it enough." With tacos like Kiltlifter tempura bacon tacos with butter lettuce, heirloom tomatoes, and a horsera ... More >>

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    April 5, 2011

    Arizona Culinary Hall of Fame Winners to be Announced Tonight The Scottsdale Culinary Festival kicks off tonight not just with a kick-off party, but also with the announcement of the winners of this year's spots in the Arizona Culinary Hall of Fame. The nominees make for quite a power meeting, don't you ... More >>

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    January 7, 2011

    Ask the Critic: Where Should I Go For My Anniversary Dinner?

    Heather HochLife is beautiful: Atlas Bistro's exquisite fare is worth sharing with the love of your life.​Lovebirds have been coming out of the woodwork! Two different pals recently asked me for recommendations on where to take their darling spouses to celebrate their anniversaries. My gut sa ... More >>

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    April 15, 2010

    In the Raw: Local Chefs Get Naked for Charity

    Nice, um, cucumber!A friend showed me his copy of the new In the Raw calendar, and what can I say? It's pretty ballsy.Ken and Lee Singh are the charming couple who run the all-natural Singh Farms -- a 20-acre wonderland where their composting efforts have created nutrient-rich soil for fresh veggies ... 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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    April 14, 2009

    Scottsdale Culinary Fest Comprises 12 Events This Week

    The Scottsdale Culinary Festival sounds monolithic, but the granddaddy among the Valley's culinary festivals is surprisingly multifaceted -- a dozen different events at 16 different restaurants and venues around town, ranging from casual tastings to semi-formal sit-down occasions.

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    February 26, 2008

    Local chefs on national TV

    Following in the footsteps of Oprah, Martha Stewart just featured Phoenix pizza guru Chris Bianco, who shared his recipe for lemon foccacia. I doubt my ancient oven can approximate anything out of Chris' wood-fired one, but it'll be fun to try. Next up on my DVR scheduled recordings is the new epis ... More >>

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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 >>