10 Metro Phoenix Chefs We Want to Date

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Chris McKinley, Facebook / Atlas Bistro
When it comes to finding love, we at Chow Bella aren't asking for much. All we need is someone to make us sweet pastries in the morning, a three-course candlelit dinner in the evening, and the occasional brunch on Sundays.

Basically, we want to date a chef. Someone who can melt the butter as well as our hearts. Which is why our staff got together to compile a list of the top 10 kitchen catches in Phoenix this Valentine's Day.

We know most of them aren't available. But, hey, we can dream, right?

See also: 10 Valentine Gifts from Metro Phoenix Bakeries and Candy Shops

Chris McKinley

We like a man with a hand for holding and an eye for business. Which is why former Atlas Bistro Chef Chris McKinley has just become downtown's newest catch thanks to his business partnership with Adam Hargett and their upcoming restaurant The Local on Roosevelt Row. Fine art, fine food, and now a fine man? Looks like First Fridays just got even more enticing.

Heather Hoch
LaDawn Driscoll

We'll admit, we've had a crush on Liberty Market's LaDawn Driscoll since her sweet days at The Herb Box. The pastry chef, who rocks colorful hair and tats, is equal parts sugar and spice, plus she admits to being an avid beer drinker and home brewer. Cookies and craft beer? Consider it a date. (No, seriously, LaDawn. Call us.)

Lauren Saria
Nick LaRosa

Roses are red, Chef Nick's eyes are blue . . . Nick LaRosa of the recently opened Nook in Arcadia is the Connecticut-born, Sicilian-bred boy that would make any Italian mother proud. However, seeing as the man is busy managing a kitchen and a pair of newborn twins, we have a feeling LaRosa has little time for a date night, let alone with the entire staff of Chow Bella. Sigh.

Lauren Saria
Aurore Beauduy

We have a thing for female trailblazers, the type of women who aren't afraid to step out of their comfort zone and refuse to take no for an answer. Which is why we're fascinated with
Vogue Bistro's Aurore Beauduy. The globetrotting chef, who credits her cooking origins to Paris, successfully set out to make more from her culinary education than just pastry. By dating Beauduy, we just know we could learn a thing two about cooking, travel, and how to rock a killer braid.

Location Info

Atlas Bistro

2515 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Restaurant

The Local

1011 N. 3rd Street, Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Liberty Market

230 N. Gilbert Road, Gilbert, AZ

Category: Restaurant

The Herb Box

20707 N. Pima Road, Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Restaurant


3623 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Vogue Bistro

15411 W. Waddell Road, Surprise, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Hummus Xpress

930 W. Broadway Road, Tempe, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Essence Bakery Cafe

825 W. University Drive, Tempe, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Crepe Bar

7520 S. Rural Road, Tempe, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Cowboy Ciao Wine Bar & Grill

7133 E. Stetson Drive, Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Super Chunk Sweets and Treats

7120 E. 6th Ave., Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Hana Japanese Eatery

5524 N. 7th Ave., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

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Go ahead and date Chris McKinley if you want an STD. The guy is nasty as hell and been everywhere.


Wow. I didn't think u would put chefs that are married with kids on a list of Chefs you'd like to date. Maybe u should rename it, 'Chefs we have a crush on' so your article and publication doesn't look so anti-family. Shame on u Chow Bella.

Heidi Simpson Lee
Heidi Simpson Lee

I think you should have made it more like twenty. You're missing a few:)

Pamela Stone Vozza
Pamela Stone Vozza

Where's Chef Silvana Salcido Esparza from Barrio Cafe by chef Silvana Salcido Esparza?! She needs to be on this list :)

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