Competition grows more fierce this year with 15 nominated chefs for Iron Chef Tucson.
After two winners are elected through popular vote (vote for the Iron Chef Tucson here), they’ll face off using a surprise secret ingredient revealed just before the show.
For guests interested in meeting the participating chefs, the Rialto Theatre will host a Meet the Chefs event from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 3. Sponsored by Rio Nuevo, the 21-and-up event is $10 per person or $15 for two people with proceeds benefiting the Tucson Advertising Federation Educational Foundation.
The main event, “Stella Artois Iron Chef Tucson,” will take place from 5 – 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 3 during the annual Culinary Experience at the Westin La Paloma Resort and Spa.
Here’s the current lineup of nominated chefs.
Chef Billy Brannock
The Highlands at Dove Mountain
Although 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 Javier Castro
Casino Del Sol Resort
Winner of the popular vote in 2016, Castro oversees operations and catering for many of Casino Del Sol Resort’s event spaces and eateries.
For more information, visit casinodelsol.com.
Chef Michael Elefante
Pasta master 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 Wendy Gauthier
The United States Personal Chefs Association’s Personal Chef of the Year North America winner Gauthier became a personal chef after spending time as the sous chef at the Flying V Bar & Grill.
For more information, visit chefchicaz.com.
Chef CJ Hamm
Former Tucson Foodie writer and Nine on the Line father Hamm currently cooks up comfort classics with Tucson twists at Saguaro Corners.
For more information, visit saguarocorners.net.
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 Ryan Jones
Blanco Tacos + Tequila
While Jones knows his way with tacos and tequila, he’ll demonstrate the rest of his prowess at Tucson’s upcoming Culinary Dropout.
For more information, visit foxrc.com.
Chef Robert Kimball
SAZ Creole Kitchen & Cocktails
Kimball started out with pan-Asian cuisine, but now focuses on classic French and Creole cuisine.
For more information, visit saztucson.com.
Chef Timothy Moore
Pastiche Modern Eatery
Meat enthusiast Moore learned the most from his tiny Italian grandma and now whips up classics like the BBQ Timmy Burger.
For more information, visit pasticheme.com.
Chef Jeremy Myers
Five Palms Steak and Seafood
Southwestern specialist Myers loves to cook with mesquite and appreciates an abundance of fresh chiles, garlic, citrus, and cilantro.
For more information, visit fivepalms.com.
Chef Travis Peters
With dishes like BBQ Tail Confit and Alabama Quail, Peters knows how to transform unexpected ingredients into addictive comfort food.
For more information, visit theparishtucson.com.
Chef Michael Powell
Powell brings a taste of his San Francisco area background to Tucson with Mediterranean classics.
For more information, visit simplicitrestaurant.com.
Chef Lora Quetzal
Los Olivos Pizzeria
Quetzal has developed a cult following for Mexican influence on her pizzas.
For more information, visit losolivospizzeria.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 Eston Stogner
Stogner specializes in fusion with a background in Mexican, Italian, and Caribbean cuisine.
For more information, visit cubanblaze.com.
For more information, to buy tickets, or to vote, visit the Iron Chef Tucson website.