If the kitchen at Tarbell's, the award-winning neighborhood restaurant in Central Phoenix, is absent one culinary whiz a few days in October, it's because its owner and chef, Mark Tarbell, is in Portland, Maine.
The winner of season five of Iron Chef America, Tarbell will be one of a panel of experts judging the first "Top of the Crop" competition at Harvest on the Harbor, Maine's premier food and wine experience being held on October 21.
Along with John Golden, former New York food editor and writer for Cuisine Magazine, Lisa Turner, owner of Laughing Stock Farm and cookbook author, and Meredith Goad, food writer for the Portland Press Herald, Tarbell will determine Maine's best farm to table chef from four participants as they prepare their premier dishes using only fresh ingredients from local farms plus one preselected item.
Sounds a little like Iron Chef, right? No wonder Tarbell's been tapped for this.
Keep Phoenix New Times Free... Since we started Phoenix New Times, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Phoenix, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Phoenix with no paywalls.