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Robert McGrath

Robert is one of the original pioneers of Southwest Cuisine. While Chef de Cuisine of the Four Seasons Hotels in Austin and Executive Chef of the Four Seasons Hotel in Houston, Texas he introduced his signature style of sophisticated “Campfire Cuisine”. His restaurant “DeVille”, at The Four Seasons in Houston was chosen by Esquire Magazine as “One of the Best Restaurants in America”.

Robert was recognized as  “One of the Ten Best Chefs in America” by Food & Wine Magazine in their inaugural launching of the recognition along side such notables as Daniel Boulud, Hubert Keller, Rick Bayless and other culinarians of note. Robert was one of the original chefs for the Aspen Food & Wine Classic.

Robert was one of only ten chefs in America invited to cook for the 70th birthday of Craig Claiborne in Monte Carlo with Alain Ducasse at the Hotel de Paris and the (Rothschild) Villa Effrusi in Cap Ferrat, Monaco. Robert was also honored to cook for Julia Child’s 90th Birthday Party in Aspen, Colorado.

Robert was selected by The White House to cook for President George H.W. Bush several times during his term, and chosen by President H. W. Bush to cook for The Heads of State (U.S.; England; Germany; Spain; Japan; Canada; France; Italy) for the G-8 at the “Economic Summit of Industrialized Nations” in Houston.

Robert relocated to Arizona in 1990 and was selected to be the Chef de Cuisine at “Windows on the Green” at the Mobil 5 Star Phoenician Resort and received two of his seven James Beard Foundation Award nominations there in 1994 & 1995.

In 1997 he opened his restaurant, “The Roaring Fork, An American Western Bistro”. He followed the success of his Scottsdale restaurant by opening his second “Roaring Fork” in Austin, Texas. During this time Robert published his successful cookbook, American Western Cuisine from The Roaring Fork. He is currently working on his second book, “Growing a Beard and How to Cook”.

He was inducted into The Arizona Culinary Hall of Fame as “Chef of the Year”. At the Roaring Fork Robert was nominated for the “Best Chef in America: Southwest” once again in 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000 & 2001 by The James Beard Foundation and was elected the winner of the prestigious James Beard Foundation’s “Best Chef in America: Southwest” award in 2001.

In 2013, Robert was recognized with the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award from the Arizona Culinary Hall of Fame. Robert has won four Emmys as the host and moderator for the top-rated program “Check Please! Arizona” on the locally produced PBS show.