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Interview with Taggia’s Executive Chef Massimo De Francesca

Posted on: January 14th, 2013 by Amy Martin No Comments

If you haven’t paid Taggia a visit in a while, put it on your list of places to get to because there’s a new face heading up the kitchen — Chef Massimo De Francesca. Appointed as the resort’s Executive Chef back in September, upon his arrival he completely redesigned the menu that now features... Read More

Who’s your daddy?

Posted on: June 10th, 2012 by Taryn Jeffries No Comments

Father’s Day is just around the corner (Sunday, June 17th in case you forgot!) – seems like only yesterday we were paying homage to all the moms out there. But here we are, down to the wire, and without a gift card or tie already picked out, we’re looking for the best restaurant spots... Read More

Interview with Four Seasons Scottsdale’s Executive Chef Mel Mecinas

Posted on: April 9th, 2012 by Amy Martin 1 Comment

It’s true, what they say – If you love what you do, it doesn’t feel like work. Executive Chef of Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North, Chef Mel Mecinas, knows how the story goes. He described his typical day on the job in a recent interview – with early mornings starting at 5:30am, checking... Read More

Interview with Executive Chef Eric Finney of Arizona Grand Resort

Posted on: February 15th, 2012 by Amy Martin No Comments

We’ve shared a couple of his recipes in our “14 days of recipes for Valentine’s Day” roundup, but now it’s time to meet the man behind the food and drink! Eric Finney, Arizona Grand Resort’s Executive Chef, first joined the resort in 2009. Responsible for managing a 100 staff and supervising the banquet kitchen... Read More

Interview with Executive Chef Salvatore Moscato of Hilton Sedona

Posted on: February 13th, 2012 by Amy Martin No Comments

In early January, the Hilton Sedona Resort & Spa announced the arrival of its new executive chef, Salvatore Moscato. Chef Salvatore now oversees the resort’s banquet dining options as well as its signature restaurant, Grille at ShadowRock, offering regional fare for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. We had a chance to ask him a few... Read More

Nominate your favorites for the 2012 Arizona Culinary Hall of Fame

Posted on: January 25th, 2012 by Amy Martin No Comments

Scottsdale League for the Arts, the organization behind the 34th Annual Scottsdale Culinary Festival, is accepting nominations for 2012 Arizona Culinary Hall of Fame, so now is the time to talk up your favorite local chef! Past winners include Chrysa Roberts, Aaron May, Matt Carter and Beau MacMillan. Winning chefs and restaurants will be inducted... Read More

Interview with Chef Doug Robinson of Publik House in Peoria, Illinois

Posted on: December 1st, 2011 by Taryn Jeffries 1 Comment

On Taryn’s recent trip back to her hometown of Peoria, Illinois, she had the opportunity to interview one of her new favorite chefs in the area. Read her recap of her meal at Publik House here. Taryn Jeffries: What made you decide to become a professional chef? Chef Doug Robinson: I couldn’t stop thinking... Read More

Gardening Tips from Chef Kenneth Arneson

Posted on: November 2nd, 2011 by Amy Martin 1 Comment

Recently recognized as “Certified Green Lodging” by the Arizona Hotel & Lodging Association, Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort is dedicated to its eco-friendly efforts throughout the resort’s property. Executive Chef Kenneth Arneson has added a new level to the property’s environmental sustainability – adjacent to the patio at Rico’s American Grill, he’s planted a... Read More

Interview with Chef Anthony DeMuro of Different Pointe of View

Posted on: September 14th, 2011 by Amy Martin 2 Comments

We’ve raved about the incredible menu at Different Pointe of View in the past (and still are!), so today we learn more about the brains behind the operation – Executive Chef Anthony DeMuro. A little about his background: He went to the culinary program at Scottsdale Community College and has now been with Hilton... Read More

Interview with Executive Chef Jagger Griffin of Ocean Prime

Posted on: September 6th, 2011 by Amy Martin No Comments

Not too long ago, we drooled about Ocean Prime’s Candied Yams with Marshmallow Brulee (if you missed it, you can read the writeup here), one of my very favorite comfort dishes. Chef Jagger Griffin heads the kitchen at Ocean Prime (located up at CityNorth) and recently, I had a chance to ask him a... Read More

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