Food Fight

If celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay hasn’t completely terrified his Hell’s Kitchen viewers, his screams and curses have at least inspired perfection among the show’s competing cheftestants. This weekend at Phoenix Cooks! culinary masters duel, but the friendly rivalry is geared toward teaching attendees.

Fifty local restaurants will offer tastings, cooking contests and more than 20 different demonstrations. Guests can also attend more intimate, detailed classes for an extra fee. Should you slip into a food coma, perk up with the afternoon latte-art throwdown or peruse Valley-based vendors’ goods.

"There is a little bit of something for everyone," says event producer Christina Bernardo. “The majority are there to learn something: a new trick, a new ingredient or fillet their beef a little differently,” she says. Bernardo recommends looking at the schedule and planning ahead, because it’s easy to get overwhelmed by the number of offerings.

Sat., Sept. 3, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., 2011
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