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What They Are Saying About Chef Craig

Chef Craig is AWESOME...I just got back from a 3 day retreat in which I must have gained 5+ pounds - I simply couldn't stop eating the Food (it was that good). 

Normally I'm a REALLY picky eater - but Chef Craig customized almost everything when requested, his talent and ability to delight the taste buds is superb. From southwestern gourmet quesadillas or  fresh crab salad appetizers, to homemade burger sliders or pulled pork sammies, or my FAV the SW Ceasar Salad :)...can't forget dessert, like the chocolate ganache cookie + homemade mini chilled milkshake shots - THE FOOD IS SIMPLY FANTASTIC!

Honestly, if I am ever in the Tuscon, Scottsdale, or in the STATE and need any catering or Personal Chef needs - Chef Craig and his Staff at The Practical Chef are my #1 choice.

Thanks You for such a great experience - it was unforgettable!


What a great evening! We are still talking about what a wonderful time we had. Our high expectations for the evening were exceeded by leaps and bounds!

Thanks especially for the introduction to ceviche, fixed your way; the secret of sauces; the great and versatile orzo; Boars Head Blue Cheese; shallots and so many other wonderful tastes.

We can't say enough about your teaching - we learned so much in such a short time - and you never made us feel rushed or that our questions weren't important. We are being very diligent in our new way of chopping (fingers bent, thumb tucked), our vegetable sauteing, and of course, our Crème Brulee eating - that's definitely the best!

It is easy to see you truly enjoy your art and teaching it to others. We are very fortunate to have been on the receiving end. 

Thanks again, Craig,
Tonna and Jim 

Craig was our private chef for a 3-day business retreat for 15 people.  He served us breakfast, lunch and dinner, plus everything in between.   Summary:  AWESOME

The food was just great.  Thoroughly enjoyed (and devoured) by all guests.  Highlights included a fantastic Mexican chicken salad, incredible homemade potato chips, and some great hearty sandwiches that even the biggest eaters couldn't finish.  He is a magician with fish!  
Where Craig probably best excelled was reading the mood of the crowd.  Everyone always congregates in the kitchen, and he was great at adding to the conversation and knew when to step away as well.  Though we laid out a thorough menu plan, he continuously gauged the mood and appetite of the group to modify what and when we served.  He was tremendously flexible in modifying the menu and how he served it (both casual and formal meals), which couldn't have been easy with a big crowd and working 12 hours day to keep us fed.  He was also very cost conscious and came in exactly where he said he would, with few leftovers and no one ever going hungry.

The service was stupendous, and somehow the kitchen was always spotless.  No one ever washed a single dish.  Craig and his team also did a great job handling those with dietary restrictions, whipping up great creations many of the meat-eaters started to crave as well.

We had a tremendously successful event, and the Practical Chef was a huge contribution factor to things going so well.  A+ job! Thanks Craig!
-Mitch Harad

I just want to express my thanks for the spectacular job you did for my grand opening.  My cliental are still talking about the food.  It was a hit!   
 Donna Jones - Owner of Tis the Season