Mark Tarbell (the only winning competitor on the 5th season of "Iron Chef America") opened Tarbell's in 1994.
Previously he had studied in Paris at the l'Academie du Vin and earned a Grande Diplôme d'Etude Culinaire from Ecole du Cuisine La Varenne.
Mark and his restaurants (he also owns The Oven in Denver) have earned more than 50 city and industry awards, including a "Best Restaurant" from Food and Wine magazine and a nomination as "Best Chef - Southwest" by the James Beard Foundation.
Mariachi and Merlot in The Wine Store, followed by four courses at Tarbell's, all paired with the Wagner father-and-daughter wines of Caymus, Belle Glos, and Emmolo, ...
Another fundraiser for the Phoenix Art Museum...this one expecting close to 200 people...had Mark and the chefs non-stop cooking from the early hours! ...