Born in 1958 in Washington State, Roxsand was inspired into cooking by a long visit to Paris, France, and she trained at La Varenne in Paris. Over a 25 year period, she owned six different restaurants from Honolulu to Phoenix. In the 1990s she launched Roxsand Restaurant & Bar in Scottsdale, Arizona, and as a chef she was ahead of her time, blending Asian and Hawaiian ingredients with local farm-to-table ingredients.
She won the James Beard Award for Best Chef of the Southwest in 1999 and was the first person EVER to be put on the cover of Bon Appétit magazine. In 2000, Great Chefs showed up to tape Chef Roxsand for the Discovery Channel’s Great Chefs of America television series.
In 2003, with her lease expiring and wanting to spend more time with her husband, as well as displaying a little of “chef-burn-out”, Chef Roxsand closed her award-winning restaurant overnight with no warning. She recently re-appeared in the fall of 2015 to cook for a James Beard Award Dinner in Phoenix.