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Beau Mac Dishes on His Favorite Herb and What It's Like Being Famous

Beau MacMillan elements Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort & Spa 5700 E. McDonald Drive 480-948-2100 www.sanctuaryoncamelback.com

This is part one of my interview with Beau MacMillan, executive chef of elements at Sanctuary Resort and Spa. Come back on Tuesday for part two.

If Phoenix has a bona fide celebrity chef, it's Beau MacMillan -- known as Beau Mac by his many friends and admirers. Not only has he cooked with Al Roker on the Today Show, catered for Britney Spears, beat out Bobby Flay on Iron Chef, and served as personal chef to Wayne Gretzky, this friendly sports nut with the Boston accent has also co-hosted Food Network's Worst Cooks in America, served as a contestant on Chopped All-Stars and made appearances on The Best Thing I Ever Ate and The Best Thing I Ever Made. Beau knows TV. Have a five-minute conversation with this constantly moving smooth talker and it's easy to see why he's such a natural. But what makes MacMillan so likable -- despite the glitz and glam of his lights-camera-action lifestyle -- are his work ethic and innate modesty.

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Nikki Buchanan