What Ingredients the Celebrity Chefs of Fill Your Plate Can’t Live Without

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Each month, Fill Your Plate shines the spotlight on a local celebrity chef.  Sometimes they are chefs that are local or national celebrities, and sometimes they are local or national celebrities that are foodies, chefs, or just love local Arizona grown food as much as we do.   One of the great questions we ask each celebrity is what food they can’t live without.  Here are some of the most interesting answers.

Dave Zino, the Executive Chef and culinary spokesperson for the Arizona Beef Council and the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, lists pantry staples like garlic, onions, cracked black pepper, and kosher salt as the ingredients he could not do without when cooking.

Here are some great recipes featuring Arizona beef and Dave’s “can’t do without” ingredients.

Read more about Dave Zino on Fill Your Plate.


Gwen Ashley Walters, who writes for Phoenix Magazine and Edible Phoenix, is a professionally trained chef and full-time food journalist.   She cannot do without salt and uses several different types in her cooking including kosher salt, Fleur de Sel, Murray River Pink Salt.  Her kitchen is also always stocked with staples like garlic, shallots, fresh herbs, and Queen Creek olive oil.

Here are some great recipes featuring Arizona ingredients and Gwen’s must have staples.

Read more about Gwen Ashley Walters on Fill Your Plate.


Carey Peña, current anchor of the 3TV nightly news, is an Emmy Award winning journalist and Arizona State University Alum.  Carey lists lemon, garlic, extra virgin olive oil, and cayenne pepper on her must have list of healthy cooking ingredients.

Here are some great recipes featuring Arizona produce and Carey’s must have ingredients.

Read more about Carey Peña on Fill Your Plate.


It’s no surprise that Tad Peelen, co-owner of Joe’s Real BBQ and Joe’s Farm Grill, can’t live without BBQ Sauce.  Without a doubt, BBQ Sauce is his favorite ingredient!

Here are some great recipes featuring Arizona pork and Tad’s must have ingredient.


Read more about Tad Peelen on Fill Your Plate.


Mary Jo McDonald, host of the MaMa Jo’s Monday Meals in Minutes segment on KEZ, lists extra virgin olive oil, fresh garlic, parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme as the ingredients she can’t do without in the kitchen.

Here are some great recipes featuring Arizona ingredients and Mary Jo’s “can’t live without” list.

Read more about Mary Jo McDonald on Fill Your Plate.

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