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Check, Please! Arizona

Check, Please! Arizona

From 2011 to 2018, “Check, Please! Arizona” featured close to 300 restaurants across Arizona and has earned five regional Emmy® Awards.

After a four-year hiatus, the show returned in 2022 and is gearing up for its 11th season!

“Check, Please! Arizona” features Chef Mark Tarbell and three guests, members of our community. In every episode, guests volunteer to share their favorite locally-owned, independent Arizona restaurants. They dine at and then review the restaurants they recommend to each other. Tarbell moderates these lively roundtable discussions, adding his own expertise as a restaurateur.

Airing Thursdays at 7 p.m. during the season, embark on a rich culinary landscape, featuring a fine dining experience with Mediterranean elegance, a lively fast-casual spot serving up Mexican classics, and a cozy establishment where old-school Italian dishes pay homage to cherished family traditions.

Join Chef Mark Tarbell and three engaging guests as they dine, review, and recommend these local gems in lively roundtable discussions. If you enjoy a savory dining experience or want to support local restaurants, watch on Thursdays, catch episodes of “Check, Please! Arizona” online, or stream on the PBS app.

 
 
 

If you would like to talk about your favorite Arizona eatery (restaurant, supper club, diner, lunch cafe, dive, hole-in-the-wall, food truck, etc.!) on “Check, Please! Arizona,” please complete the form below.

In order to appear on the show, guests must be at least 21 years old and be willing to travel to and participate in a taping at Arizona PBS’ studios in downtown Phoenix. The taping may take place on a weekday or a weekend and will last a few hours. Guests on “Check, Please! Arizona” must be able to visit our studios and travel to restaurant locations within Arizona–transportation will not be provided. The show includes restaurants outside the Valley, so please feel free to submit your favorite restaurants anywhere in the state! For more guidelines, review our Frequently Asked Questions.

The more you express yourself and provide specific details about your restaurant recommendation on the form below, the more likely you are to be considered as a possible guest. Don’t be shy! We love hearing about restaurants that are off the beaten path–the more interesting the locale or cuisine, the better.

Thank you and bon appétit!

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Mark Tarbell

Chef Mark Tarbell studied in Paris at the Ecole du Cuisine La Varenne, where he earned a Grande Diplôme d’Etude Culinaire. He also studied at Steven Spurrier’s l’Academie du Vin.

At 23, Tarbell moved to Arizona and joined The Boulders Resort in Carefree, becoming the youngest Food & Beverage Director of any Five Diamond property in the world. In 1994, he opened Tarbell’s Restaurant, followed by Barmouche in 1999 and The Oven (in Colorado) in 2004. Tarbell opened The Wine Store in 2013 and The Tavern in 2014.

The James Beard Foundation nominated Tarbell for “Best Chef – Southwest.” He is also a two-time inductee to The Arizona Hall of Culinary Fame, and his restaurants have earned more than 50 “Best Of” city and industry awards, including a “Best Restaurant” from Food and Wine magazine.

Tarbell’s frequent television and radio appearances include winning “Iron Chef America” on The Food Network as well as multiple appearances on The Cooking Channel. He has been the weekly wine columnist for the Arizona Republic since 2004 as well as a judge at the Los Angeles International Wine & Spirits competition (the largest and oldest in the country) for 25 years.

On Arizona PBS, Tarbell has hosted two seasons of “Check, Please! Arizona,” two seasons of “Plate & Pour” and “Plate & Pour: Takeout” on Instagram.

Tarbell also serves on many different advisory councils and boards, from the Arizona Department of Education to the Phoenix Art Museum and Phoenix Theatre. Tarbell has lent his services as a chef and wine connoisseur to raise millions of dollars at events such as the International Taste of Tennis, Culinary Evening with the California Winemasters for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, CASA, Phoenix Children’s Hospital, Hospice of the Valley, C-CAP, Humane USA for the Humane Society, and dozens more.