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Phoenix Art Museum and The Arizona Republic Name Next Crop of “Ripe” Award Winners Anticipated to Lead Culinary Scene in 2015/16

Chefs Scott Holmes, Lori Hashimoto, Cullen Campbell, Stephen Jones and Jeff Kraus will receive this year’s prestigious Ripe awards from the Phoenix Art Museum and the Men’s Arts Council. Ross Simon joins the group as the winner for the first-ever Ripe award specific to the bartending and spirits industry. 

2015 Ripe Award Winners. Photo: Grace Stufkosky

2015 Ripe Award Winners. Photo: Grace Stufkosky

Tickets are on sale for the Ripe Culinary Fest & Awards Presentation scheduled for July 25th at the Phoenix Art Museum to raise funds to support the arts.

This year, the public was invited to submit chef nominations to be reviewed by judges from the Arizona Republic and Phoenix Art Museum and Men’s Arts Council.

Winners exhibit the very best of the greater Phoenix dining scene through their culinary creativity and passion. These stand-out chefs are anticipated to open new restaurants and culinary projects — or continue to earn recognition for existing projects — for years to come. Past winners cannot be considered.

Ripe Event Details:

WHAT: 2015 Ripe Culinary Fest + Awards Celebration

WHEN: 7:00PM, July 25, 2015

WHERE: Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004

COST: $55 per person, tickets can be purchased at www.RipePHX.com 

CHARITY: Proceeds go to support arts programming at Phoenix Art Museum

SPONSORS: Whole Foods, Noble Bread, World Life Music, Awe Collective

MORE: The 2015 Ripe winners will be honored from 7 – 9 pm Saturday, July 25 at an award ceremony and event at the Phoenix Art Museum. Attendees will enjoy music and tastes of signature dishes from the five winning chefs while sipping on fine wines and cocktails. Tickets are $55 and are available for purchase at www.ripephx.com.

2015 Ripe Award Winners:

Chef Scott HolmesLittle Miss BBQ

Chef Lori HashimotoHana Japanese Eatery

Chef Cullen CampbellCrudo, Okra

Chef Stephen Jonesyard bird + the larder

Chef Jeff KrausCrêpe Bar

Bartender Ross Simon — Bitter & Twisted Cocktail Parlour