Chuck Hughes, Host of Chuck's Eat the Street on Cooking Channel, Hits Camelback Road

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Chuck Hughes, owner and chef of Montreal's Garde Manger and Le Bremner.
Tonight at 7, the third season of Chuck's Eat the Street will debut on the Cooking Channel. If you're not already familiar, the show takes viewers to some of the country's best-known streets including Mission Street in San Francisco, Magazine Street in New Orleans, and, in this season, our own Camelback Road.

We caught up with the show's host, chef Chuck Hughes, to talk about his time in the Valley.

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During the "Phoenix Feasting" episode, Hughes visits two of his chef friends, Beau MacMillan and Aaron May. At Elements at the Sanctuary Resort (not quite on Camelback Road) MacMillan prepares his Red Dragon Shrimp, made with sesame rice, avocado, and kimchee mango, while at May's The Lodge (also not on Camelback Road), the chefs tackle the infamous Sasquatch Burger. The behemoth burger features a 10-ounce beef patty between bacon and two grilled cheese sandwiches.

Hughes then heads to Camelback Road to make a new friend, Mark Tarbell, at the chef's namesake Biltmore-area restaurant. Together, Tarbell and Hughes forage for one of our local ingredients, nopales, and prepare vegetarian tacos. Though Hughes says he'd worked with nopales before, he called this a "very special" experience.

"I guess he's an Arizona legend in the food scene," says Hughes of Tarbell. "I was kind of nervous, you know, to meet him."

The final stop on the Camelback Road visit is at a more unexpected spot: FuFu Cuisine, where chef Ester Mbaikambey specializes in comfort food from her native Africa.

"I didn't want to do Mexican food," Hughes says.

In the show, you'll see Mbaikambey prepare goat stew called sombe and a starchy side dish made from yam flour called fufu. Hughes also recommends the chef's Best of Phoenix award-winning doughnuts called pof-pofs.

Hughes, who's visited the Valley before, says some of this other favorite spots didn't make the cut for the show.

"Probably my favorite place of all time is Ranch Market," Hughes says. "You could drop me off at Ranch Market for, like, a week."

You can catch Chuck's Eat the Street Thursdays at 7 p.m. on the Cooking Chanel. The "Phoenix Feasting" episode will premiere on Thursday, July 17.

For more information, check the Cooking Channel website.

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Location Info

Fu-Fu Cuisine

3633 W. Camelback Road, Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Elements

5700 E. McDonald Drive, Paradise Valley, AZ

Category: Restaurant

The Lodge - CLOSED

4422 N. 75th St., Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Music


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13 comments
Jacob Bailey
Jacob Bailey

Finally an article about food and Phoenix where they didn't mention anything Bianco. Don't get me wrong, it's great but there's so much more to discover.

joeochoausa
joeochoausa

Chuck Hughes is a little off, he comes to phoenix loves Ranch Market but it was not fancy enough for his show and at the end he finished eating tacos de nopalitos (vegetarian mexican tacos) at the Italian American restaurant in Camelback? And he is guessing Chef Tarbell is a legend in the food scene? This guy needs to walk more the streets of Phoenix, he should visit real legends like Chef Silvana @ Barrio Cafe on 16th Street or if this is not fancy enough, maybe Barrio Queen in Downtown Scottsdale. The real legendary tacos in town. This is an example of one of the local talents and restaurants Hughes is missing. Very sad..!

Gracie Luna
Gracie Luna

Whaaaaa!! Why didn't we know about this sooner!!

Laura Ory
Laura Ory

His favorite place is Ranch Market? As in the Pro's Ranch Market grocery store?

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