Chow Bella

Check, Please! Arizona Festival at CityScape Was a Hot Hit; Celeb Chefs Informed and Entertained

Channel 8 hosted its first-ever Check, Please! Arizona Festival at CityScape on Sunday and despite the ridiculous temperatures (100 degrees, but it felt hotter), everybody seemed to have a good time.

See also: -- Check, Please! Arizona Festival at CityScape, 04/28/13 (Slideshow) -- Chef Kevin Binkley a Finalist for James Beard Award -- Chris Bianco Opens Full-Blown Pizzeria Bianco at Town & Country

Hosted by Chef Robert McGrath, Check, Please!, which debuted in 2010 and features local restaurants reviewed by citizen critics, is Channel 8's most popular program. So why not build a food festival around the Arizona restaurants featured on the show? It could've been such a dud (cynical me worried it would be) but miraculously the event came off remarkably well -- although I'd definitely recommend a few changes for next year.

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Nikki Buchanan