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Meet Chef Larry

Chef Larry Canepa


Meet our new TNT (Thursday Night Together) Chef Larry P Canepa

Join us for first TNT being back together on July 1st and meet our new Chef Larry!

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A little bit about Chef Larry;

When Larry P Canepa reflects on his many years in the dining and hospitality industry, even he is surprised at how fast the time has gone by. With a background in the culinary arts which includes teaching, hospitality management, etiquette training, wine expertise and even a certificate of tea mastery, Canepa’s portfolio is as flavorfully diverse as the menus he has created for his unique food and culture ‘food-tainment’ classes.

Originally from St. Clair Shores, Michigan, Canepa sharpened his culinary chops in Phoenix, the city he has called home since moving to the Valley of the Sun 50 years ago. After earning a B.A. in Integrated Studies from Arizona State University, Canepa quickly began his foray into the dining and hospitality world, honing his skills at respected Valley establishments such as Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa and The Boulder’s Resort.

Chef Larry Canepa brings over four decades of Food and Wine experience to today’s adult culinary learners. He has worked in the hospitality business in Phoenix, Seattle and Sedona as Chef, caterer, sommelier and Food and Wine Educator.  He has taught culinary and restaurant operation classes at the International Culinary School at the Art Institute of Phoenix and Le Cordon Bleu, Scottsdale. His experiences include management and operation of free-standing restaurants, specialty wine stores, hotels and resorts. Chef Larry Canepa owned and operated the award-winning full service catering business, Dinner at Eight for 30 years in the Valley, specializing in intimate private dining and wine seminars.

Larry Canepa has conducted seminars and lectures on food trends, wine appreciation, coffee, tea, dining etiquette, food revolutions, healthy cooking, Architecture of Food, Legendary Foods of Europe, grains, greens and beans and restaurant service for students, adults, continuing education classes and charitable organizations and has appeared on numerous television and radio programs. 

Chef Canepa has established partnerships with local charities, chambers of commerce, CVBs and local businesses to network and advance the industry. Larry is actively involved in student mentorship, advisement, consultation and career placement.  Canepa remains actively involved throughout the Valley, holding professional memberships with the Scottsdale Convention & Visitors Bureau, American Marketing Association, American Personal & Private Chef Association and the American Red Cross from which he was awarded the “Humanitarian of the Year” award. Canepa also dedicates his services to community and philanthropic organizations such as the American Humane Society, Scottsdale Boys & Girls Clubs, Arizona Miniature Schnauzer Rescue and St. Mary’s Food Bank.


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