10 Favorite Chefs in Metro Phoenix
They are visionaries, highly devoted to their craft, inventing fresh ideas for dishes in kitchens all over the Valley using top-notch ingredients and seasonal fare. We love their food, expect an experience nothing short of spectacular when we dine at their establishments, and (sometimes) even giggle with delight at the mere mention of their names.
They are our 10 favorite chefs in metro Phoenix. And when it comes to tastemakers pushing Phoenix further toward a first-class food city, we're counting on these talented chefs to help us get there.
Vincent Guerithault Vincent on Camelback
Over 25 years ago, this legendary tastemaker came to Phoenix (by way of Chicago, by way of France), and the Valley's dining scene changed forever. Initially trained in classically prepared French haute cuisine, the James Beard Award winner became influenced by Southwestern ingredients and infused the two for a mouthwatering mash-up of flavors. From lobster chimichangas to duck tamales to sautéed veal sweetbreads with blue corn meal, Guerithault's French-Mex has kept diners coming back to his intimate Phoenix restaurant for years to get another taste.
Tracy Dempsey Tracy Dempsey Originals
This world traveler and former English teacher, best known for her dreamy desserts at former employer Cowboy Ciao, has quickly given the Valley a sweet tooth for her inventive desserts, like potato-chip ice cream and bacon brittle. In 2009, she established Tracy Dempsey Originals, a retail and wholesale line of boutique confections sold at local shops. In addition, Dempsey oversees the dessert programs at restaurants such as Crudo, Citizen Public House, and Karsen's Grill, where squeals of delight usually follow seeing her name on the dessert menu.
Tammie and M.J. Coe Tammie Coe Cakes and M.J. Bread
Here's a match made in deliciousness: Certified master baker and member of the Bread Bakers Guild of America Michael John Coe prepares breads from scratch, employs Old World practices, and sells signature breads to restaurants such as Breadfruit, Postino, and Bertha's Café. His gifted wife, cake queen Tammie Coe, shares the same space with M.J. and whips up sweet works of magic, many in the form of her ruffled fondant cakes. Snatch up both of what the dynamic duo has to offer at store locations in Arcadia and Roosevelt Row.
Josh Hebert Posh
This chef and owner behind a first-of-its-kind "improvisational" kitchen, tucked into the Optima Camelview condos in Scottsdale, serves up surprises of the most scrumptious kind. After stints in the kitchen at Tarbell's, as well as in San Francisco and Tokyo, Hebert opened his contemporary American restaurant in 2008. At Posh, there's a checklist to fill out -- how many courses, which of the day's featured meats and seafood you'd like (there's a vegetarian option, too), and other dietary restrictions. Want to see what Hebert can really do? Check the "chef's choice" box and enjoy the culinary ride.
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