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

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Chris Curtiss
Chris Curtiss, executive chef at NoRTH Arcadia

Do you watch Food Network?: No, the shows on Food Network suck now. I grew up watching Jacques Pepin and Julia Child where they made mistakes and cut themselves. Now when people watch cooking shows, they get the impression that cooking should be perfect and accidents never happen. That's total bullshit.

Chris Gross, chef-owner of Christopher's Restaurant and Crush Lounge

Most over-rated ingredient: Truffle oil. It's in fucking everything. Years ago, I swear I smelled it on someone I was dating. They should offer it in those intimacy packages that are in the hip boutique hotels. It's like heroin, hard to kick, even for me.

What the average person doesn't understand about chefs is: We're not artists. If an artist doesn't want to get up and work, he or she doesn't have to. A chef has a staff waiting and customers to be served.

Payton Curry, chef-partner at Brat Haus

Trend you wish would go away: The bastardization of phrases like "all-natural" and "naturally grown." It's all bullshit. It's a marketing tactic used to convince the public that products are not full of hormones, pesticides, and herbicides. What chaps my ass is when these big companies on TV say "farm-fresh carrots." What does that mean?

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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