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Jeff Smedstad

elote cafe 

 Owner of Elote Cafe in Sedona, Arizona, Chef Jeff Smedstad specializes in the bold, flavorful cuisine of southern and deep interior Mexico. After learning to cook aboard a Coast Guard cutter, Smedstad attended the Seasons of my Heart Cooking School in Oaxaca and then spent the past two decades traveling the back roads of Mexico, shopping the local markets, eating in restaurants across the country and sharing time with families in Mexico to help broaden his knowledge and gain inspiration and insight.

Jeff proudly incorporates sustainable, local, healthy and organic products into his restaurant to showcase his passion for food as well as responsible cooking.

Jeff’s award winning cuisine has been featured in The New York Times, Fox News, The Arizona Republic, Phoenix Magazine, The Boston Globe, the Toronto Star and Sunset Magazine among others.