Under the canopy of an endless Scottsdale sky lies one of the most dynamic and burgeoning dining scenes in the Southwest. The city’s culinary influence can be felt—and tasted—throughout the region, thanks to its vibrant mix of flavors and experiences. From regionally-focused cuisine made with local, farm-fresh ingredients; to food trucks dishing out globally-inspired street fare; to luxurious resort restaurants helmed by the world’s top chefs and sommeliers, Scottsdale is the dining destination of your dreams.

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Author: Michelle Jacoby

By Michelle Jacoby
Photography By Mark Lipczynski

Chef Chuck Kazmer is thrilled about the fancy smoker that sits outside of Proof restaurant at the Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North. As someone with Texas roots, it’s natural to be drawn to an industrial-sized meat cooker. But in his role as executive chef at one of Scottsdale’s finest resorts, Kazmer has some ideas that go far beyond traditional barbecue. “I was a little bit surprised, but very happy to learn I’d be working with a smoker. You don’t find that at many upscale resorts,” he says. “Interestingly, it’s such a luxurious thing in the manner of cooking. You