Scottsdale Culinary Institute

  • Blogs

    August 21, 2013

    Kick Ass Kakes Opens New Shop at Biltmore Fashion Park's Union

    Kick Ass Kakes, the cake-centric shop in Central Phoenix owned by artist-chef Jay Murphy -- who made CNN news in January for his lifesize Lady Gaga cake -- is expanding its sweet offerings. In early August, Murphy, a graduate of Parsons School of Design and Scottsdale Culinary Institute, opened The ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 20, 2013

    Chef Brian Peterson of Cork on Going Local and the Best Thing He's Ever Eaten in Phoenix

    This is part two of our interview with Brian Peterson, executive chef and part owner of Cork in Chandler. Today we get the story on how this former Chicago guy learned to love living in the Valley and what he still thinks the Phoenix food scene is missing. If you missed part one, in which he talked ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 12, 2013

    Brian Webb of Hey Joe! Filipino Street Food on Why He Loves Filipino Food and His Bad-Ass Personal Mantra

    Brian Webb Chef/owner Hey Joe! Filipino Street Food This is part one of our interview with Brian Webb of Hey Joe! Filipino Street Food. The food truck hit the streets right as the food truck craze took off in Phoenix and has been bringing the cuisine of the southeast Asian isla ... More >>

  • Dining

    June 20, 2013
  • Blogs

    June 20, 2013

    Nobuo Fukuda Teaming Up with Roka Akor's Chef, German Sega, for One-Night Omakase Event

    Trusting diners who love grilled Japanese cuisine have a new event to look forward to this summer and that's the one-night event that will bring Chef Nobuo Fukuda to Scottsdale's Roka Akor to collaborate with its new executive chef, German Sega. See also: - Robatayaki Dinner at Roka Akor in Scott ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2012

    62: Brandon Gauthier

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 29, 2012

    Kevin Binkley on Loving In-N-Out Burger and Why Squash Blossoms Are Overrated

    Kevin Binkley Binkley's Restaurant 6920 E. Cave Creek Road, Cave Creek 480-437-1072 Cafe Bink 36889 N. Tom Darlington Drive, Carefree 480-488-9796 This is part one of my interview with Kevin Binkley, chef-owner of Binkley's Restaurant and Café Bink. You ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 24, 2012

    Chef Brian Hulihee Celebrates His 10th Anniversary with Roaring Fork

    This week we sat down with Chef Brian Hulihee of Roaring Fork. The last time we checked in with Chef Hulihee in 2010, he talked about his young family and his excitement over pink sea salt. This time, he's celebrating his tenth year anniversary working at the restaurant. Oh how time flies... Today ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 1, 2012

    Brendan McCaskey: Caramelpalooza Candymakers

      ​From now through Caramelpalooza -- March 2 at Smeeks candy shop -- Chow Bella will introduce you to the 17 chefs participating in the third annual caramel tasting. Today, meet Brendan McCaskey. Brendan McCaskey tells Chow Bella he "lives downtown, and loves downtown!" A Scottsdale C ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 28, 2012

    David Duarte: Caramelpalooza Candymakers

    From now through Caramelpalooza -- March 2 at Smeeks candy shop -- Chow Bella will introduce you to the 18 chefs participating in the third annual caramel tasting. Today, meet David Duarte of the Hyatt Regency Phoenix. Duarte has been with the Hyatt for 3 ½ years where he quickly moved from serve ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 28, 2012

    Barbara Wilson: Caramelpalooza Candymakers

    ​From now through Caramelpalooza -- March 2 at Smeeks candy shop -- Chow Bella will introduce you to the 18 chefs participating in the third annual caramel tasting. Today, meet Barbara WIlson of Barb's Sweets and Treats.Barbara Wilson knows her way around the pastry kitchen. She's b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 28, 2011

    New Food Truck Alert: Pizza Daux

    Ando Muneno​​The business: Pizza Daux What they're packin': Pizzas cooked to perfection in a wood fired oven. Owner and chef Dan Medlen used his experience as a pastry chef to develop and perfect several type of pizza doughs including a sourdough base. What you need to know: Dan Medlen a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 27, 2011

    New Food Truck Alert: Don Ruggiero and Lacey Higginson of Duck Duck Pig

    ​The business: Duck Duck Pig What they're packin': Gourmet takes on classic sandwiches all featuring either duck or pork. This means everything from a pork belly BLT to a pineapple jerk pulled pork with coleslaw. The story: Ruggiero and Higginson are both fans of duck and pork and after chec ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 21, 2011

    Stephanie Izard's Goat Tour 2011 Stops in Scottsdale October 15 and 16

    ​Phoenix (or Scottsdale, rather) is getting some love in Stephanie Izard's "Goat Tour" benefiting Share Our Strength. Izard's taking a trip around the country visiting with some of the chef's she's met over the years to kick it in the kitchen as well as promote her snazzy new book titled The G ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 6, 2011

    Chef James Fox of Big Earl's BBQ

    Lauren Saria ​Chef Talk this week takes us to Old Town Scottsdale where we'll be chatting with James Fox from Big Earl's BBQ. If you don't already know, Big Earl's BBQ is Chef James Porter's way of satisfying ourneed for down-home cooking. Fox joined Big Earl's team just a few months ago af ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 12, 2011

    Top of the Rock Restaurant at The Buttes Gets New Chef

    Top of the Rock​Last week, Top of the Rock, the signature restaurant at The Buttes in Tempe, announced the appointment of Akos Szabo to the position of Chef de Cuisine. Alongside Executive Chef Gregory Wiener, Szabo will be tweaking the current menu in coming weeks to incorporate more seasonal and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 16, 2011

    Patrick Boll of Spotted Donkey Cantina ii, part two

    Keyon Fareghi​For Patrick Boll of Spotted Donkey Cantina ii, a two-word response to any question simply will not suffice. We got all of the trivial stuff out of the way yesterday and today get into a more intuitive conversation with him about his future as well as that of downtown Phoenix. In a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 31, 2011

    Travis Watson: T Cook's and The Royal Palms

    Carol BlonderChef Travis Watson​ What does it take to play football at the collegiate level? Talent -- combined with skill, dedication, focus, and determination. Former University of Arizona football player Travis Watson brings the traits he developed on the field and more into the kit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 6, 2010

    Laura Godfrey of Arcadia Farms

    Carol Blonder Laura Godfrey​We met up with Laura Godfrey, the pastry chef at Arcadia Farms in mid-afternoon, a relatively calm time in the bakeshop, after a bustling morning of production. Laura moved from Flagstaff to Phoenix to attend culinary school. Her perfectionist traits define the b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 11, 2010

    Valrhona Chocolate Demonstration Better Than a Trip to Wonka's Factory

    Carol BlonderValrhona ​ A visit to the town of Tain L'Hermitage located in the Rhone Valley of France is on the bucket list of chocolatiers and professional pastry chefs from around the globe. Tain L'Hermitage is the home of Valrhona and the esteemed Ecole de Grand Chocolat. Carol BlonderJ ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 18, 2010

    Lon's at the Hermosa Names New Executive Chef

    ​Along with a $2 million remodel of the Hermosa Inn, Lon's at the Hermosa has new kitchen leadership as well. The AAA Four Diamond restaurant has just named its new executive chef, Jeremy Pacheco, who comes on board after a two-month search; the previous exec chef at Lon's was Michael Rusco ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 29, 2009

    Chef Talk: Brian Feirstein, Eddie V's Prime Seafood

    For Brian Feirstein, executive chef of  Eddie V's Prime Seafood in Scottsdale, making an impact on the customers goes beyond the kitchen. The Arizona native makes it a point to get to know his customers on a first-name basis and crafts unique dishes based on dietary needs--more than w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 7, 2009

    Avalon Chef Travis Watson to Teach Chocolate Class

    Chocolate and wine. We can't think of two better things to spend an evening tasting. Well, we're in luck. Chef Travis Watson, of Avalon in Scottsdale, is offering one night of just that: Chocolate and wine tasting, complete with petit fours, truffles and pairings, not to mention a how-to and histor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 5, 2009

    Julie & Julia Madness

    ​Who knew a movie about cooking could generate so much buzz? The Julia Child and Julie Powell biopic comes to the big screen this weekend. The hotly awaited film weaves the memoirs of both Child and Powell and it's garnered largely positive early reviews. If you want to get in on the action as ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 8, 2009

    Phoenix Phoodies: Phoenix Knife House

    Sloane BurwellEythan Zias demonstrates his hand sharpening skills.Eythan Zias is a culinary samurai. After compiling an impressive resume working in famous kitchens in New York City and all over the Valley, he decided to return to an earlier love: knives. He sold off parts of his impressive collecti ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 6, 2009

    Saturday: Lunch for a Buck at AZ Ag Day

    One dollar for a full lunch? Consider it food for thought. A mere buck is the farmers' and ranchers' share of the cost of the ingredients that go into the meal served at the annual Arizona Agricultural Day, which takes place this Saturday, March 7, at Superstition Farm in Mesa. Get a look at t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 12, 2008

    Next Week: Digestif Hosts Top Chef Stephanie Izard

    The torturous thing about watching Bravo's Top Chef is that it tends to leave viewers with insatiable cravings for food that only exists in TV land. You watch the chefs hustle to create a dish, you cheer them on... and then, you go to bed very, very hungry. So here's your chance to actually eat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 10, 2008

    Budget Beat: Downtown Phoenix Public Market

    By Jay Bennett On Saturday mornings, I like to head downtown to what is casually referred to as the farmers market, at Second and McKinley streets. It's really called the Downtown Phoenix Public Market, a more suitable name than "farmers market" because, in my opinion, it's way short on farmers and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 17, 2007

    Get ready for a Food Fight

    The folks behind the First Press Weekend of Wine clearly know what suckers we are for a good smackdown. With so many gourmet-cooking-as-competitive-sport shows on TV these days (Iron Chef, The Next Iron Chef, Top Chef, Hell's Kitchen), why not play on their popularity and pit two top local chefs aga ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Calendar

    August 9, 2007

    Apocalypse Chow

    Stick a pitchfork in him -- he's done

  • Blogs

    June 12, 2007

    Cutting it close: New knife store caters to chefs

    Do you love knives like a samurai loves katana, or are you just looking for a new chef uniform? Former chef Eytan Zias dropped me a line recently to tell me about his new shop, Phoenix Knife House, located at the corner of Goldwater and Indian School in Scottsdale: My name is Eytan Zias, I was bor ... More >>

  • Dining

    May 10, 2007

    Pink Slip

    Um, forgettable

  • Calendar

    January 18, 2007

    How to Bake a 14-Layer Cake

    Assuming you can cook in the first place. . .

  • Best of Phoenix

    September 29, 2005

    Wild Card

    Carlos Manriquez

  • Calendar

    January 20, 2005

    You Say You Wanna Resolution . . .

    Well, you know, we all want to change careers

  • Calendar

    September 30, 2004
  • Dining

    July 22, 2004

    Java House

    Asian delicacies dominate the menu at Lotus Asian Cafe

  • Calendar

    May 13, 2004
  • Calendar

    April 1, 2004

    Open Borders

    Mending Wall illustrates dangers of emigration

  • Calendar

    December 18, 2003
  • Dining

    September 11, 2003

    Fly-By Right

    Now that's food good enough to carry-on any flight

  • Best of Phoenix

    September 26, 2002

    Best Cheap Date


  • Dining

    January 31, 2002

    A Meal of Living Dangerously

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

  • Dining

    December 27, 2001

    Value Pact

    Quantity, not quality, woos this crowd

  • Dining

    December 6, 2001

    Big Apple appeal

    The ambiance at Times Square Deli is Anywhere, USA, but the food is New York all the way

  • Dining

    June 7, 2001

    Deja View

    What's different about Different Pointe of View?

  • Dining

    July 27, 2000

    North Fork

    Persimmon Bar & Grille

  • Dining

    November 24, 1994
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