Pete DeRuvo Dishes on the Mouthwatering Italian Food He Grew Up On (You Will Be Jealous) and Praises Three Local Chefs (Although One Goes Un-named)

Pet peeve in the kitchen: Dirty salt and clutter.
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Cool corner at Davanti

Guiding principle about cooking: Clean as you go, listen, take good notes, have goals every day, believe in what you do, have fun, cook with love and everything looks and tastes better.

Advice you would give an aspiring chef: Work in a kitchen for free. It did wonders for me and I never went hungry! Read a lot, travel frequently, buy lots of books, create better environments for yourself daily. You are who you hang out with!

What do you understand now about being a chef that you didn't 10 years ago?:
Keep everyone on the same page, every day, every shift, every moment. Things go sideways when you don't communicate!

What's the best thing about being a chef?: Watching the growth of the chefs I work with, seeing them progress and gain more experience.

Location Info

Davanti Enoteca - CLOSED

6316 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Restaurant

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