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Matt Taylor of Gertrude's at Desert Botanical Garden: "It Doesn't Get More Arizonan Than This"

Matt Taylor Executive Chef Gertrude's at the Desert Botanical Garden

It's been about four months since news broke that chef Matt Taylor would be taking over the kitchen at Gertrude's at the Desert Botanical Garden and since the initial announcement, we haven't head much from the chef or the restaurant. From the outside looking in, it would have been hard to tell there had been any change at all. The menu stayed the same and so did much of the staff.

But, as the chef explained to me last week, that's only because he was busy getting adjusted to a new kitchen -- while doing 1,200 covers a day.

"It would have been suicide" to make any changes during season, Taylor says.

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Lauren Saria
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