Chef Lisa Dahl is an acclaimed chef, restaurateur and cookbook author who has pioneered the culinary scene in Sedona, Arizona, for more than 25 years. As the executive chef and CEO of the Dahl Restaurant Group, she has earned international recognition for her cuisine stemming from five unique restaurant concepts: Mariposa, Cucina Rustica, Pisa Lisa (two locations), Butterfly Burger, and Dahl & Di Luca Ristorante Italiano. Her cooking styles are diverse and include high-end traditional Italian cuisine, rustic Mediterranean fare, South American-inspired dishes, indulgent and inventive burgers, and wood-fired pizza–considered among the best in Arizona. An author of two cookbook memoirs, The Elixir of Life: Finding Love and Joy in the Passionate Pursuit of Food and A Romance With Food, she has shared her journey and many of her renowned recipes with a wide audience.
Dahl has appeared on the Travel Channel’s Food Paradise, Food Network’s Beat Bobby Flay, championed three prestigious burger battles and is a two-time featured chef at the prestigious James Beard House in New York City. She was awarded the “Best Chefs of America Hall of Fame Award” by National Elite along with Arizona’s highest culinary honors two years in a row by the Arizona Restaurant Association – “Top Chef of Arizona” and “Food Pioneer.” Dahl has also been recognized for her charitable endeavors and was recently given the Illuminate Film Festival Spirit of Service Award. Chef Dahl lives by her mantra, “When you cook with love, you feed the soul.”