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About the Chefs

Meet Our Chefs

Pioneers in Palate-Pleasing Fare

Possessing acclaimed culinary prowess and a discerning palate for imaginative flavors, our chefs are the real deal. No stranger to charting new courses, each brings a vision for flavorful fare and experience in an array of restaurants to La Fogata.

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Area Executive Chef

Ken Arneson

With a passion for using unconventional cooking methods to create thoughtfully crafted dishes, Chef Ken Arneson uses his 15 years of expertise to oversee all culinary operations as area executive chef of Canopy by Hilton Tempe Downtown and The Scottsdale Resort & Spa, including the hotels signature restaurants: Alter Ego Kitchen & Cocktails, Alibi Rooftop Lounge, La Fogata Kitchen & Bar, Twisted Vine Pool Bar & Grill, Barnaby’s Café and Wine Bar, and The Madam. Being a fourth-generation chef in his family, much of Chef Ken’s time growing up was spent in the kitchen. Learning to embrace the flavors of all regions from a young age, he successfully completed his apprenticeship under Certified Master Chef David Callaway and Chef Bruce Fry before continuing his education at the famed Culinary Institute of America in Napa Valley, Calif. where he worked under chefs Charlie Trotter and Thomas Keller.