Aaron May Dishes On Being a Chef, a Restaurateur and a Party Boy

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Five words to describe you: Always looking for something new.

Favorite food smell: Vanilla. I can't get enough of it. I put it in ketchup, citrus, sauces. I absolutely love it.

Favorite cookbook: Jean-Louis [Palladin], Cooking with the Seasons. Genre-defining and the absolute standard for food photography.

Ingredient you love to cook with and why: Eggs. They're so versatile and delicious: purée them into sauces, yolks make a great liaison, whites are a great protein canvas. And there is simply nothing more classic or ethereal than a well poached egg.

Most over-rated ingredient: Bacon. Most of it doesn't even taste like pork anymore. Over-smoked and over-salted, it could be anything, but rarely does it taste like the pork belly it is supposed to.

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Praying Monk - CLOSED

7217 E. 1st St., Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Restaurant

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4422 N. 75th St., Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Music

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7018 E. Main St., Scottsdale, AZ

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Renegade - CLOSED

9343 E. Shea Blvd., Scottsdale, AZ

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James Porter
James Porter

Great first piece and a class act professional, love the guy!


The absolute pinnacle, Nikki...best one yet! I can personally attest to the validity of every point you and Mr. A. May made in this short concise article (mini expose). Could not agree more with Aarony about Jean-Louis Palladin (RIP)..could not disagree more about bacon. Some of the old world  producers in Appalachia and New England have produced epic rashers!

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