Barbara Pool Fenzl's Perfect Food Day

While most all of our perfect food day contributors have imagined days, Barbara Pool Fenzl actually had a perfect food day. Fenzl is Phoenix's ultimate culinarian. She has every distinction you might aspire to, including a B.S., M.A., Certified Culinary Professional (CCP). She's the "past president of the International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP); benefactor and past board member of the American Institute of Wine and Food; past president of the Arizona Chapter of Les Dames d'Escoffier; and a past member of the James Beard Foundation Restaurant Awards Committee."

She has been teaching Phoenicians to cook since she opened Les Gourmettes cooking school in 1983. While she's classically trained having studied at Cordon Bleu (London), Ecole LeNotre, and Luberon College, she's also an expert in our regional cuisine. She's quite adept at making southwest cooking sophisticated and smart. You've probably watched her cook television with her cooking program called Savor the Southwest which aired on PBS in 1999. She's also the author of several cookbooks: Southwest the Beautiful Cookbook, Savor the Southwest, and Seasonal Southwest Cooking. She was also the food editor of Southwest Passages and Phoenix Home and Garden magazines and also a frequent contributor to Bon Appétit magazine and other national publications. Phew!

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