7 New Year's Resolutions from Metro Phoenix Chefs and Restaurateurs

Whether you like to admit it or not, you're probably thinking about making some changes in the New Year. We know we are, starting with cracking open the oven more and the freezer less. Oh, and actually using that gym membership we fork out for every month . . .

But if you're looking for a few more interesting New Year's resolution ideas from some the Valley's culinary stars, we've got those, too.

See also: 15 Pieces of Advice Valley Chefs Would Give to Their Younger Selves

Paul McCabe T. Cook's

I've been an avid mountain biker for years, but since moving to Arizona, I haven't seen nearly enough single-track, so my New Year's resolution is to ride at least three times a week and hit every trail in the Phoenix area!"

Sacha Levine Quiessence at The Farm at South Mountain

My resolution (aside from the obvious: drink more, eat more, and work more) has totally been sparked by Backyard Jamboree. I have witnessed many of our guests getting to know each other via food and drink. Phoenix is so distant, that it's rare to find our little pockets of culture and community. Because breaking bread is such a grand way to bring people together, in 2014 I resolve to fill the empty seats at community tables.

Richie Moe Citizen Public House, The Gladly

As a proud pop of two, my New Year's resolution is to do a better job of spending equal time between my two babies (Citizen Public House and The Gladly). I don't want to be seen as one of those dads who plays favorites! Cheers!

Joe Johnston Joe's Farm Grill, Liberty Market, Joe's Real BBQ

Having read Barbara Kingsolver's book Animal Vegetable Miracle and reflecting upon the woes of our modern food system coupled with our Farm at Agritopia becoming USDA Certified Organic, I have decided to focus our personal cooking on seasonal local organic foods. We intend to source as much as we can from our garden and the farm, then support other local organic purveyors, followed by domestic organic producers. Organic is the old way of doing things and a better way, in my opinion.

Chrysa Robertson Rancho Pinot

My resolution would be to "accentuate the positive, eliminate the negative," which I'm sure will fly right out the window on January 2nd!

Jeff Kraus Crepe Bar

What! No New Year's resolutions?!?! I'm not buying it. Everyone whether they admit it or not makes promises that are hopefully kept and obtained by the end of the year. In no particular order here are my 2014 New Year's resolutions.

Hum, hum, bur, bur, na na na! To memorize and recite/sing a literary quote, a song, and/or a poem a month.

Drop and give me 20! No matter how tired I am, I will find a third wind to exercise. Does bowling count?

Ring a ring... ring. I will answer the phone and make more calls than I do texts.

Set aside at least 30 minutes a day to unplug from all electronics so that I can reflect, plan, and enjoy the fruits of my labor. #tothemoon #cbop

Learn to let the ones I mentor and trust to make new mistakes and take risks on their own accord. #cbfaces #phxfoodculture

To become a thumb-wrestling champion so that I can challenge my landlord for a bike rack. We've been waiting for a while.

Clint Spotleson Bar Crudo

My New Year's resolution is to start leading a healthier lifestyle. Watch what I'm eating, introduce yoga into my life, just all around make a positive change.

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