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Chris McKinley of The Local in Downtown Phoenix: "We Just Want to Have Fun"

Chris McKinley Chef, co-owner The Local www.iamthelocal.com

If you've been to The Local, then chances are you've already seen chef Chris McKinley. He's usually in the open kitchen, sporting some unexpected item of clothing, like bright red pants or fancy-looking shoes or a newsboy hat.

It's also not uncommon to see him out of the kitchen, stopping at the bar to welcome a familiar face or even in the dining room greeting one of the many Valley chefs who come to check out the new spot.

"I've seen just about every chef in town come through here," McKinley says.