Local food hero Vincent Guerithault, award-winning chef and owner of Vincent on Camelback, celebrated 50 years of creating culinary sensations with a special “Toast and Roast” dinner event Oct. 11—which also happened to be his birthday.
Guerithault is known for combining classic French cooking with Southwestern ingredients, creating an entirely new cuisine. He has received numerous awards, among them the James Beard award as “America’s Best Chef Southwest.”
The roster of celebrity roasters for the dinner included former Senator Jon Kyl, businessman and sports executive Jerry Colangelo, Dr. Robert Spetzler, restaurateur Mark Tarbell, former Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard, and author and businessman Harvey Mackay. Barbara Fenzl, also an award-winning chef and retired owner of Les Gourmettes Cooking School, was unable to attend, but gave her greetings and congratulations via video.
The 80 guests at the dinner enjoyed signature dishes from Vincent’s 50-year career.
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