Chef Biography

Born in 1957, Gary Darling moved to Phoenix at the age of six, and was trained at William Annos’ Old Nogales Café.

In 1986, the Great Chefs television crew was taping a new PBS series called Great Chefs of the West, which included a “down home” southwestern section.  They taped Chef Darling at the Pointe Resort’s Aunt Chilada’s, preparing a dish called chimichangas, which appeared in episode #18.

Mr. Darling has retired from cooking and at last check in 2016, was in the real estate business in Phoenix.


Chimichangas with Green Chili Sauce

Serving: 6 Print Chimichangas with Green Chili Sauce By Great Chefs November 10, 2015 This is perhaps the most famous dish originating in Arizona: the Southwestern equivalent of the egg roll. It is filled with a spicy beef filling, deep-fried so the flour tortilla becomes a crisp pastry, and topped with green chili sauce and […]

Sweat Hot Chili

Serving: 4 Print Sweat Hot Chili By Great Chefs November 10, 2015 The jalapenos in this beanless chili are sure to clear your sinuses. This recipe will totally delight “chili heads” who judge chili by its BTUs. The sauce can be prepared up to three days in advance, or it can be made long in […]

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