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Chef Jeff Smedstad of Sedona’s Elote Cafe has become famous for his innovative interpretations of Mexican and Southwestern cuisine over the years. And, he’s having a good year. He just received his first James Beard Award nomination and he’s just released his second cookbook, "The Elote Cafe Notebook."
The Chandler native began his cooking career on a Coast Guard cutter on a desert island when he was 17. I spent a little time in his kitchen recently to find out a little more about what goes into his cooking.
And you can try a taste of Smedstad’s Southwestern cooking Monday night. He’s signing copies of his cookbook at Changing Hands in Phoenix.