Friends of the James Beard Benefit Dinner Last Night in Scottsdale

If you've ever wondered why chefs do what they do, look no further than a kitchen on a night like last night to find the answer.

They say it takes a village to raise a child, but it takes an army of chefs to put on a James Beard-worthy meal -- and they have a whole lot fun doing it.

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Westin Keirland hosted the 11th annual Friends of James Beard Benefit dinner sponsored by the Scottsdale League of the Arts.

This was the first year the event wasn't held in the same week as the culinary festival, but moving the event up certainly didn't hurt attendance. In fact, this year's dinner included about 130 guests, more than in years past.

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