Ready your forks — it’s time to choose the next potential Iron Chef Tucson.
The competition begins with 11 nominated chefs. After a winner is elected through popular vote (you can vote here), they’ll face off against last year’s winner Danny Perez, Executive Chef at the JW Marriott Tucson Starr Pass Resort & Spa. Voting ends 11:59 p.m. June 5.
For those interested in meeting the chefs prior to voting, the Tucson Museum of Art will host a Meet the Chefs event in the courtyard from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 19. Sponsored by Rio Nuevo, the 21-and-up event is $10 per person or $15 for two people with proceeds provided to student scholarships and to the Tucson Museum of Art.
The main event, the Stella Artois Iron Chef Tucson, will take place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, June 26 during the Annual Culinary Experience at the Westin La Paloma Resort and Spa.
Here’s the current lineup of nominated chefs.
Chef Sam Arnold
Chef Arnold’s background in notable Tucson dining destinations such as the Arizona Inn and the Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain has defined his elegant use of southwestern flavors.
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Chef Billy Brannock
The Highlands at Dove Mountain
Although Chef Brannock has worked a variety of restaurants, his time at Primo helped refine his talent with northern Italian cooking.
For more information, visit thehighlandsatdovemountain.com.
Chef Adrian Castillo
After working with Chef Ryan Clark and multiple Fox Restaurant Concepts establishments, Chef Castillo now focuses on modern Mexican cuisine.
For more information, visit elvirasrestaurant.com.
Chef Javier Castro
Casino Del Sol Resort
Since Chef Castro oversees operations and catering for many of Casino Del Sol Resort’s event spaces and eateries, he excels at providing refined dining for huge crowds.
For more information, visit casinodelsol.com.
Chef Michael Elefante
Mama Louisa’s Italian Restaurant
Pasta master Chef Elefante honed his skills at the Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain and returned to Mama Louisa continuing his family’s legacy.
For more information, visit mamalouisas.com.
Chef Jay Ganzhorn
Hacienda del Lago
After mentoring under two-time Iron Chef Tucson winner Chef Albert Hall at Hacienda Del Sol Guest Ranch Resort, Chef Ganzhorn now focuses on his own modernist southwest style.
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Chef Gary Hickey
With years of steakhouse experience, Chef Hickey knows his meat. His most recent work with the Flores family highlights ranch-to-table cuisine with Arizona grass-fed beef.
For more information, visit charrosteak.com.
Chef Travis Peters
As the creator of Cup Cafe’s cast iron baked eggs, Chef Peters’ food gives the best hugs. He still soothes souls with southern comfort food at the Parish.
For more information, visit theparishtucson.com.
Chef Robert Ramos
R & R Family Restaurant
Self-taught Chef Ramos caters for clients ranging from graduation parties to the U.S. Border Patrol. His barbecue is what keeps them coming back.
For more information, visit rrbbqtucson.com.
Chef Ramiro Scavo
Pasco Kitchen & Lounge / Red’s Smokehouse + Tap Room
As the Iron Chef Tucson winner in 2009, Chef Scavo worked his magic with bison. He continues to work his Americana magic with food at Pasco and Red’s.
Chef Sigret Thompson
The Tasteful Kitchen
Though Chef Thompson specializes in vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free cuisine, she can still rock meat. Inspiration from her travels around the globe stretch her imagination.
For more information, visit thetastefulkitchen.com.
For more information, to buy tickets, or to vote, visit the Iron Chef Tucson website.