CELEBRITY TASTE TESTS

July 2019
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  • PEPPERONI PIZZA
  • PILSNER/LIGHT LAGER

Celebrity Taste Test: Pepperoni Pizza

The Judge: James Beard Award-winning chef Vincent Guerithault of Vincent’s on Camelback

When & Where: Tuesday, June 18, at 2:30 p.m. at PHOENIX mag headquarters

The Rules: Celebrating his 50th year in the restaurant business, French native Guerithault introduced Arizona to the concept of Southwestern fusion cuisine in the 1980s and helped light the fine-dining spark that transformed Valley dining as we know it. But the chef still likes a simple slice of pizza, which is why we borrowed his vaunted palate to evaluate specimens from eight local chains. Just pepperoni and cheese. Regular crust.

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Celebrity Taste Test: Pilsner/Light Lager

The Judge: KTAR radio host Pamela Hughes

When & Where: Tuesday, June 25, at 2:30 p.m. at PHOENIX mag headquarters

The Rules: We enlisted local radio legend and “beer consumer, not beer connoisseur” Hughes (one-half of 92.3 FM’s Bruce St. James and Pamela Hughes Show, which airs weekdays at 9 a.m.) to help us find the best easy-drinking local lager in a blind taste test. We found eight pilsners and light lagers at Arcadia Premium, Kings Beer & Wine, Total Wine & More and breweries. Hughes provided color commentary.

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