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  CHEF DE CUISINE ALFRED MURO
 
HEARTH '61 at MOUNTAIN SHADOWS
in Paradise Valley, Arizona


I like it when we get smashed on. You transcend into this level of focus that you can't achieve without the pressure. 



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Executive Pastry Chef
THE BOULDERS
CAREFREE, ARIZONA

KEITH TAYLOR

Executive Sous Chef 
FOUR SEASONS SCOTTSDALE
JOEY CAVARETTA

  Executive Sous Chef
MOUNTAIN SHADOWS 
PARADISE VALLEY, ARIZONA

CHRISTOPHER BRUGMAN

 
STRANGE CRAFT
BEER COMPANY

with Tim Myers

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Montelobos Mezcal
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Alfred Muro | Chef de Cuisine | Hearth '61 at Mountain Shadows in Paradise Valley, Arizona Is Alfred Muro a smart dude or just plain rebellious? That depends. Growing up, Muro received a daily dose of supplements which, his mom, a nutritionist, divvied out to he and his younger brother with a promise. “Echinacea, calcium lactate, fish oil,” Muro recalled. “I’m like, Uuugh. I don’t want this. But you’re going to be the smartest kid in school if you take this fish oil.” Did it work? “I don’t think so,” Muro said, at first, and then reconsidered. “No. I became the most rebellious.” Which, in a roundabout way, led him to his destined success in the kitchen. That, and serendipity. “Yeah,” Muro said about the latter. “It couldn’t have happened any other way.” Muro always cooked at home. His mom, a single mother, taught him a few dishes which he’d prepare for the family. Then he thought he might do something in the arts. “Something along the lines of sketching,” Muro said. “Me, with my rebellious side, I’ll do tattoos.” Instead, Muro went up to northern California, Chico, to hang out. He got a job at a Taco Bell as a dishwasher. “There was something that really stuck with me,” Muro said. “Even in the fast food forum. They feed me. So as a starving person—I wasn’t even going to school—this made sense. I had this job that not only helped me pay rent, they would feed me. So logistically, I put two and two together. This makes sense.” Smart dude, but still the most rebellious. Muro lost his job, ran out of money, and had to go back with home to live with his mom. Of course the rebel had to do something with his life. He decided to go to culinary school, Cordon Bleu in Pasadena. That, he said, got his culinary career “kick started”. Kevin Binkley set it in motion.