David Duarte Makes Peanut Butter Crunch Bars

Categories: Pie Social

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Lauren Saria
Photos of David Duarte in the kitchen at the Hyatt Regency Phoenix
Forks up, Phoenix! Chow Bella and Roosevelt Row present the third annual Pie Social Saturday, November 3rd, from 2 to 6 p.m. on Roosevelt Row in downtown Phoenix. We've got an all-star line up of bakers making pies for you to taste, and from now til Pie Social, we'll introduce them to you, one by one. We challenged each to make us a dish -- anything but pie.

Today: Chef David Duarte of the Hyatt Regency Phoenix makes peanut butter crunch bars.

See Also:
- Wait 'Til You See the Final Celebrity Baker Lineup for Pie Social 2012!
- David Duarte: Caramelpalooza Candymakers

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Lauren Saria
Chef David Duarte
Walking into the kitchen at the Hyatt Regency kitchen feels a little bit like how we imagine it would be to walk into a room in Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory. Everything seems over-sized, dramatic and it just makes you want to smile -- and that last part applies to the pastry chef, too.

Toward the back of the kitchen maze you'll find the small room where Chef David Duarte, pastry supervisor for the hotel, creates his desserts. When we drop by, late on a Wednesday, he tells us we caught him on a rare slow day. And although he says he usually rocks out to Lady Gaga Pandora station, today the music's off. Really, David? Lady Gaga?

"Oh yeah!" he says. "Sometimes I go real old school and listen to Spice Girls radio. I'm an out loud and proud Spice Girls lover."

Growing up Duarte says he always enjoyed being in the kitchen. But despite his culinary inclinations, Duarte insists he has science in his blood. He says he didn't consider cooking a "real job," which means he spent three years at the University of Arizona studying Math and Chemistry before following his passion for the culinary arts.

People tend to comparing baking to science and if you believe there's truth in the comparison, then you won't be surprised to learn that Duarte is just as good at science and math as he is in the kitchen with a whisk and a buffalo chopper -- more on the buffalo chopper later. Duarte tells us his favorite of the sciences is chemistry and that his dream job would probably be something involving playing with fire.

"In high school I was a TA for a chemistry class and I got to lead a thing called Fire Fridays," he says. "So most of the time -- ok, all of the time -- I'd give a presentation that involved fire."

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Lauren Saria
Chef David Duarte

Location Info


Hyatt Regency Phoenix

122 N. Second St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: General

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