At Modern Luxury, connection and community define who we are. We use cookies to improve the Modern Luxury experience - to personalize content and ads, to provide social media features and to analyze our traffic. We also may share information about your use of our site with our social media, advertising and analytics partners. We take your privacy seriously and want you to be aware that we have recently made changes to our Privacy Policy, which can be found here.

I AGREE
    
Share

5 Female Chefs to Know in The Valley

BY Lara Piu | August 1, 2017 | Feature Features

Some of the world's finest chefs work in the Grand Canyon State, and among the best of the best are these five femme fatales transforming foodies to a whole new fan level.
Rochelle Daniel, executive chef at Fat Ox

1. SILVANA SALCIDO ESPARZA This five-time James Beard Award semifinalist has quickly grown a mini-empire of Valley restaurants expressing her bold and elevated regional Mexican point of view. Barrio Café, 2814 N. 16 St., Phoenix, 602.636.0240; Barrio Café Gran Reserva, 1301 W. Grand Ave., Phoenix, 602.252.2777; Barrio Avion, 3400 E. Sky Harbor Blvd., Terminal 2, Phoenix, 602.636.0241

2. LISA DAHL The trailblazer and James Beard House-featured chef feeds 300,000-plus guests a year across her four Sedona restaurants. Her award-winning cookbook, The Elixir of Life (Forza, $40), sold 16,000 copies. Cucina Rustica, 7000 AZ-179, Ste. 126A, Sedona, 928.284.3010; Dahl & Di Luca Ristorante, 2321 AZ-89A, Sedona, 928.282.5219; Mariposa Latin Inspired Grill, 700 AZ-89A, Sedona, 928.862.4444; Pisa Lisa, 2245 AZ-89A, Sedona, 928.282.5472

3. JENNIFER RUSSO A longtime caterer, Russo is the executive chef and owner of the relaxingly chic The Market by Jennifer’s Restaurant + Bar in Arcadia’s Gaslight Square. 3603 E. Indian School Road, Ste. A, Arcadia, 602.626.5050

4. MELISSA KELLY The 1999 and 2013 James Beard Foundation’s Best Chef: Northeast is executive chef for JW Marriott Tucson Starr Pass Resort & Spa. 3800 W. Starr Pass Blvd., Tucson, 520.792.3500

5. ROCHELLE DANIEL With L’Auberge de Sedona’s two award-winning restaurants under her belt, Daniel reunites with mentor chef Matt Carter to oversee Fat Ox. 6316 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, 480.307.6900

Photography Courtesy Of: