Lee del Real grew up in Arcadia near Camelback Mountain. This probably explains her deep love of hiking and "all sorts of outdoor things" -- canoeing, camping, skiing and "just exploring this beautiful state." She's also a forager and has picked wild raspberries on the Mogollian Rim.
She's a relatively new hospitality industry professional. After business school at ASU and working for a property management company, she wanted to figure out how to get out of the office and find a way to free up her mornings for more hiking time.
Her boyfriend, Aaron Chamberlin, is a chef and owns St. Francis. She's recently started working the front of the house and loves it. We got to meet her briefly during Chef Chamberlin's Summer cooking class at the Downtown Phoenix Public Market and she had some stellar restaurant suggestions for the guests. We wanted to pick her brain a bit more. So, we asked her to share her perfect food day.
Here it is: