New Ripe Awards Rotten for Some Foodies

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"Salt was hired by the Men's Arts Council to help plan the awards event and celebrate their picks for 2013. Salt was not a part of the selection or nomination process. We work with some of the best culinary talent in the state, so it shouldn't be a surprise that two of the winners happen to be our clients -- in fact, one of the winners is also a former client and Salt will be there to support him just the same as our current clients in the process of promoting the Men's Arts Council and the Ripe awards.

We are experts in the hospitality, dining and lifestyle industry. Our clients are the best in the business and we're proud to help them earn national spotlight to support the local culinary scene. Salt is proud of all the winners that were selected by the Men's Arts Council."

Who suffers most from the Ripe controversy? Sadly, it's the winning chefs. Although completely deserving of their award, the five chefs are now in an awkward position of straddling celebration and skepticism.

A Ripe awards event will be held from 6:30 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, January 31, at the Phoenix Art Museum, and will include tastings from the Ripe chefs, Arizona wines, cocktails, and a silent auction. Tickets are $65 and can be purchased at Ripe's website.

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4 comments
jpinaz515
jpinaz515

Why can't people celebrate that awards, events and festivals all help to put Phoenix on the "culinary map"?  Crying "foul" doesn't add anything but drama. Do something about it instead.

PegnBob Briggs
PegnBob Briggs

We're sorry this is even an issue (or is it just a slow foodie news day) Can anyone even remotely debate whether any of these people are NOT deserving of just about any accolade thrown their way???? COME ON...let's just celebrate excellence.

ChefMex
ChefMex

I want to know who these "many are crying foul" are?  You mean the PR company selected us???  I thought it was the Men's Art Council who made the selection of chefs.  I'm confused!!!  I really thought it was because I am a bad ass and a great chef.  I thought it was because I give my time and efforts (and money) to good causes and I promote Mexican cuisine and culture.  I thought I was selected because I have dedicated the last 10 years of my life to better serve Phoenix. 


PhilZ
PhilZ

Yet you give the PR firm in question a platform to pitch their services and pat themselves on the back.

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