Matt Carter 2017

Matt Carter 2017

Matthew Carter Executive Chef Zinc Bistro, The Mission, The House Brasserie, Fat OX   Like many chefs, Matt Carter’s culinary career began as a dishwasher. He’d moved to California from his native Arizona, and took a barely-bill-paying job washing dishes at The Eggery breakfast restaurant in San Diego. But something happened. Carter immediately took to the restaurant business and made his way to the line, working as a prep cook. He fell in love with idea of embarking on a career in the kitchen, so he enrolled at the Scottsdale Culinary Institute, graduating in 1989.   After culinary school, Carter cooked at Scottsdale’s La Chaumiere, where he was immediately obsessed with the artistry, demands and disciplines of French gastronomy. His experience there inspired him to pursue additional classical training in Paris, where he took courses at Le Cordon Bleu and refined his skills at various restaurants.   Upon his return to Arizona in 1992, his Parisian experience helped him land a job as Chef de Partie at Christopher’s Fermier Brasserie, the highly acclaimed restaurant of chef/restaurateur Christopher Gross. He cooked there for more than six years, ascending to the position of Chef de Cuisine.   Thanks to a chance meeting with Chef Thomas Keller in 1998, Carter was given the opportunity to cook in another acclaimed kitchen—the illustrious French Laundry in Napa Valley. After working as Chef Poissonnier (fish cook) for Keller, Carter returned to Scottsdale to work as Executive Chef at Michael’s at the Citadel. After two-and-a-half years at Michael’s, he left to collaborate with restaurateur Terry Ellisor in creating Zinc Bistro in 2001. To this day, Zinc...
Rochelle Daniel

Rochelle Daniel

Rochelle Daniel Bio Executive Chef Fat OX   After discovering her lifelong passion for cooking at the age of 15, Fat OX Executive Chef Rochelle Daniel embarked on an illustrious culinary journey that has culminated in her current role overseeing one of the top new restaurants in Scottsdale, AZ. A native of Phoenix, Rochelle graduated from the Scottsdale Culinary Institute before securing a position at Zinc Bistro in Scottsdale, cooking under the award-winning Executive Chef, Matt Carter, and working her way up to become Chef de Cuisine.   After moving to Sedona, AZ, Rochelle most recently served as the executive chef for both the award-winning Cress on Oak Creek and Etch Kitchen & Bar at L’Auberge de Sedona. Now back in Scottsdale, Rochelle has been reunited with Chef Matt Carter to handcraft the Fat OX’s modern takes on the authentic, ingredient-driven and hearty recipes of rural Italy.   Chef Rochelle’s unique creativity combined with her understanding of current dining trends has provided her many highly-esteemed opportunities. A few career highlights include an appearance on the 2017 season of Food Network’s Chopped Grill Masters, consulting for restaurants across Arizona, offering food demonstrations through Food Network and acting as a personal chef for families with specific nutritional needs. She has also been recognized as one of the Valley’s “Top 5 Sous Chefs” by the Arizona Republic and as “Best Sous Chef” by AZcentral.com....

Suzanne Clark

Suzanne has competed and won many national contests and awards for her cooking skills throughout the years. You can find her recipes and photos published in many magazines and cookbooks. One of her most noted victories came this year when Suzanne’s cooking and competitive skills helped her earn the title of “The World Pasta Champion” for the second year in a row. In this competition she proved she has the ability, talent and knowledge to compete and win against other home cooks and professional chefs from around the world. Suzanne currently appears weekly on Midday Arizona, and will be featured in the upcoming miniseries “The World Food Championships.” Suzanne has managed recipe and concept development, as well as advertising campaigns and promotions for numerous national brands. You can find out more about Suzanne by visiting her website www.LivingaCreativeLife.net...
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