Chef Aaron Chamberlin has brought in some extra firepower at St. Francis, his American restaurant (recently featured on Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives) in Central Phoenix.
Chamberlin, who also owns Phoenix Public Market Café in downtown Phoenix, has hired chef Jay Bogsinke (District American Kitchen, La Grande Orange, Chelsea's Kitchen, Zinc Bistro, Michael's at the Citadel) to join the St. Francis team.
Here's what diners can expect.
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At St. Francis, Bogsinke will put more emphasis on daily farm-fresh dishes and specials like "single-farm meals," a concept in which the restaurant partners with a local grower. In addition, Bogsinke has refocused the St. Francis menu around its massive wood-fired oven, which also is responsible for St. Francis' fresh breads and pastries.
"I worked with Chef Jay when we were at LGO Hospitality together and we know each other very well," says Chamberlin. "I selected Jay because he has the team-building skills it takes to grow and he is incredibly talented, but more than anything else, we share the same vision. He knows how to work with local farmers. He knows how to deliver fresh, seasonal ingredients without a lot of manipulation."