Chef Biography

Alan Zeman was born and raised in Chicago and moved to Arizona to study political science in 1975.  He returned briefly to Chicago to try his hand at cooking. After working around various kitchens in both Chicago and Arizona, he entered the Culinary Institute, seven years after his initial acceptance. After graduation, he returned to his adoptive city.

In 1986, as executive chef at the Tucson Country Club, Great Chefs taped him preparing Sonoran Seafood Stew, and Escargot Sombreros in Saffron Cream Sauce for their PBS television series “Great Chefs of the West”, the beginning of the Southwestern Cooking Craze.

Chef Zeman moved to the Sheraton El Conquistador in 1993 and opened his own restaurant, Fuegol, for the next 11 years (1996-2007) and in 1998 it was named the Best New Restaurant in Arizona.  After selling the restaurant in 2007, Chef Alan continued selling his privately labeled “Chef Z’s Prickly Pear BBQ Glaze” and consulting for Rational Cooking Systems, where he continues today.


Sonoran Seafood Stew

Serving: 6 Print Sonoran Seafood Stew By Great Chefs November 10, 2015 Every culture and region has a version of fish stew — from bouillabaisse on the coast of the Mediterranean to cioppino on the Pacific Coast of California. What makes this one so delicious is the sparkle from the citrus fruit and chilies. Ingredients […]

Escargot Sombreros in Saffron Cream Sauce

Serving: 6 to 8 Print Escargot Sombreros in Saffron Cream Sauce By Great Chefs November 10, 2015 The flavors in this dish are complex: cilantro and cheese flavor the snails, lemon and saffron scent the pasta, and the cream sauce also is aromatic with saffron. The sombreros are a new twist on the classic cheese-filled […]

Restaurant Information

Southwestern Originals
P.O. Box 31283
Tucson, AZ 85751

(520) 405.6840

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