Chef Salad Highlights: The Funny, Astute and Provocative Comments Our Local Chefs Made in 2012

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Kevin Binkley
Kevin Binkley, chef-owner of Binkley's Restaurant and Cafe Bink

Chef you'd like to meet and why: Not anyone, really. I just want to eat their food. Isn't that weird? Amy and I were at a famous restaurant in San Francisco and they figured out who we were and asked us if we'd like to go in the kitchen and meet the chef. We just rolled our eyes and said "Sure." But they're not super-stars to me. Some of them are so cool and their hair is spiked. I just hate it.

Do you consider yourself a molecular gastronomist?: No. I consider myself someone who loves interesting, creative, and, most importantly, delicious food. With that comes what people call "molecular gastronomy."

Josh Hebert, Chef-owner of Posh Improvisational Cuisine

Name a trend or restaurant practice you hate: Saying no to people. You should only say no to a guest if what they want is physically impossible, illegal or highly unethical.

But aren't some guests just jerks?: But that's what we sign up for when we work in this business. We take care of people. If somebody wants to sit in my restaurant and tell me world is flat and they're paying their bill, I'll totally agree with them. Not that hard.

What would you tell an aspiring young chef going into the business?: Put down the video games and pick up a fucking cookbook when you're done with work.

Location Info

Lo-Lo's Chicken & Waffles

2765 N. Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Hana Japanese Eatery

5524 N. 7th Ave., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant


4925 N. 40th St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Christopher's Restaurant and Crush Lounge

2502 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Petite Maison

7216 E. Shoeman Lane, Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Citizen Public House

7111 E. 5th Ave. Ste. E., Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Brat Haus

3622 N. Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Restaurant


3213 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Binkley's Restaurant

6920 E. Cave Creek Road, Cave Creek, AZ

Category: Restaurant

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Victoria Corrigan
Victoria Corrigan

A great compendium; looking forward to part 2. And never thought most of my restaurant orders would end with "and please hold the truffle oil". Talk about overuse; it's starting to give HFCS a run for its money. (Hmmm... let's all meet at AJ's and slap GMO labels on every trufflated product we see...)

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