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Join us Tuesday, August 27th for our 5th Annual Food Show at Talking Stick Resort’s Salt River Grand Ballroom. Sample new, existing & trending products, while taking full advantage of an open invitation to meet and negotiate face-to-face with our premier manufacturers, shippers & growers. Don’t miss what’s sure to be a blazing hot event!!!

At this year’s food show you’re invited to watch thirteen prominent chefs go head-to-head in a winner-takes-all culinary challenge. Chefs will compete in one of three categories by presenting their dish to a panel of three judges who will score creations based on four factors; presentation, creativity, taste, and use of sponsor’s product.

Participating Chefs and Judges

Appetizer Category

Competitors Judges
Kurtis Purdy
(Tonto Bar & Grill )
Brian Helton
(Master Cicerone | Brewer | Owner of Helton Brewery)
Steven Fowler
(Cherish)
Traci Zitzer
(Chef/Owner of Urban Table and Modern Day Forager Mercantile | Member of Les Dames d’Escoffier)
Morgan Theriault
(Chicago Cubs)
Michael Crowe
(Owner, Southwest Mushrooms)
Alex Stratta
(Wright’s at the Arizona Biltmore
J Perry
(Ocean Poke)

Entrée Category

Competitors Judges
Travis Peters
(The Parish)
Brian Helton
(Master Cicerone | Brewer | Owner of Helton Brewery)
Lenard Rubin
(The Country Club at DC Ranch)
Traci Zitzer
(Chef/Owner of Urban Table and Modern Day Forager Mercantile | Member of Les Dames d’Escoffier)
Sedale Jones
(Red Mountain Ranch Country Club)
John Scruggs
(Midwest Regional Sales Manager, Culver Duck)
Michael Bauer
(Trilogy Golf Club)

Dessert Category

Competitors Judges
Martin Shelton
(Cafe Monarch)
Brian Helton
(Master Cicerone | Brewer | Owner of Helton Brewery)
Albert Torrisi
(Nico)
Traci Zitzer
(Chef/Owner of Urban Table and Modern Day Forager Mercantile | Member of Les Dames d’Escoffier)
Kenneth Anderson
(Embassy Suites Scottsdale Resort)
Dennis Berman
(President, Bandwagon Brokerage Inc.)
Barclay Thompson
(Buffalo Bills Tavern & Grill)

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