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Iron Clad: Q & A with Cat Cora

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As one of the top chefs in America, Cat Cora lends new meaning to “cat got your tongue?” Cora is the first female Iron Chef on Food Network’s “Iron Chef America,” is a proud mom of six and has opened more than 18 restaurants around the nation and globally, among other accomplishments on her full plate. Here, the culinarian gives a sneak peek of her newest opening, offers tips for...

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Q & A with Heather Walker of Food Network’s “Spring Baking Championship”

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Scottsdale chef, Heather Walker, is busy prepping for the Food Network’s “Spring Baking Championship” on March 12. Walker began her career as a successful cook, when she began competing in food competitions winning over $100,000 in cash and prizes. She has also launched her own Web site, Phoenix Family Foodie, where she blogs about different recipes, standout brands and restaurants. Since competing and launching her site, Walker’s career has taken her across the world and she makes frequent appearances on 3TV’s “Good Morning Arizona”. AZFoothills.com...

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Q & A: Chef Scott Conant of Mora Italian

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It is safe to say that Chef Scott Conant is a busy man, with the recent opening of Phoenix's super well-received Mora Italian. However, the superstar chef is making time to do a meet-and-greet with fans at the Maricopa County Home & Landscape Show, March 3 to 5 at University of Phoenix Stadium. Chef Conant has partnered with Sogno Toscano to launch VARRO Select, a line of 40-year aged balsamic vinegar, Fattoria Suvereto olive oil, sun dried tomatoes, olives and artichokes, and he will be on site 12 to 2 p.m. each day to discuss what is in store for the brand. Here, we chat with Chef Conant about Mora, his local favorites and tips for at-home chefs.

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Chef Chat: Get to Know Chef Alex Stratta of Prado

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With more than 30 years of experience in the kitchen, Chef Alex Stratta (you may know him from his most recent posts as executive chef of ALEX and Stratta at Wynn Resorts in Las Vegas) has been named the new chef de cuisine at Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia's Prado restaurant. Read on to learn about the Valley's newest addition to its culinary scene.

How does it feel being back in the Valley of the Sun? I’m very happy to be back. I loved my past 18 years in Las Vegas, but I always considered Scottsdale home. It’ll be a great place to raise my 8-year-old twins, Marco and...

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Q&A with Chef Paul Bartolotta

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Chef Paul Bartolotta is a two-time James Beard Award-winning chef from Wauwatosa, Wis. He trained in both Italy and France, and later returned to the United States, where he opened a restaurant with his brother. The two of them now operate a restaurant group, The Bartolotta Restaurants, with 11 different eateries. Bartolotta will be leading the all-star chefs panel at azcentral Food & Wine Experience on Sunday, Nov. 8 outside of Scottsdale Fashion Square.

AFM: How did you get involved with azcentral Food & Wine Experience?

PB: A good friend of mine in Chicago had friends in the...

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