In preparation of this Thursday’s fifth-annual AZ Wine & Dine event, an upscale celebration of the region’s top resort restaurants taking place from 5 to 8 p.m. at Scottsdale Quarter, get to know a few of the participating chefs. Meet Dushyant Singh of the newly opened Artizen, Crafted American Kitchen & Bar at Phoenix’s The Camby Hotel.
Restaurant Name: Artizen, Crafted American Kitchen & Bar
Resort Name: The Camby Hotel
What are your favorite resort restaurants, in the Valley and otherwise? Kai. It might be a bit biased answer, but I think being the only five-star, five-diamond restaurant and doing it all organically without a celebrity chef name is a huge accomplishment.
When people are choosing a vacation or staycation destination, how do you think the resort’s restaurant factor into their plans? I think people do want to know what their options are going to be at the resort, especially if you have kids or you don’t want to pick up your car and drive outside.
Many hotels are focusing packages on food adventures. Why is this so popular? People like behind the scene action. They want to feel part of something exclusive and also want to hear the thought process of how chefs think and create. It’s no different than people watching behind the scenes of movies.
Many incredible chefs got their start at a hotel restaurant. Why are hotels such a breeding ground for talent? I got my start at a hotel and am so thankful. I think hotels attract talent due to the opportunity of learning so many different areas under one roof.
What are your hopes for resort restaurants in the future? I really feel the future is bright for hotel/resort restaurants. I feel instead of having multiple options resorts have moved to one restaurant which helps them to have a singular focus.
Foodie news roundup for the week of Sept. 25: Learn & Lunch at Marcellino Ristorante, Hope Through Hollis Mint Chip Ice Cream at Splurge at the Orchard, Someburros Queen Creek, SanTan Brewing’s 10th annual Oktoberfest, Summer's End Margarita Mojito Festival