Founder, Roaring Fork, An American Western Bistro and Bar
Proprietor of Pischke’s
Don’t let the awe-shucks attitude and well-worn Stetson cowboy hat fool you; Robert McGrath is one of America’s finest chefs and restaurateurs. Winner of the prestigious James Beard “Best Chef in America: Southwest” Award, and owner of Pischke’s in Scottsdale, Arizona, McGrath has been a nationally noted chef for nearly two decades. Born in Texas, McGrath’s culinary career began with classical training in France, followed by prestigious postings including Chef de Cuisine at the Four Seasons Hotel in Austin, Texas; Executive Chef of the Four Seasons Hotel in Houston, Texas; and Chef/Owner of Sierra Grill in Houston, and Brio Vista in Austin, Texas.
In 1988, Food & Wine magazine chose Robert McGrath as one of the “Ten Best Chefs in America.” The following year, Chef McGrath’s DeVille Restaurant in the Four Seasons Hotel-Houston, was chosen by Esquire magazine as “One of the Best New Restaurants in America,” and in 1991 he was also the chef for the Economic Summit of Industrialized Nations.
In 1992, McGrath migrated to Arizona to serve as Chef de Cuisine for Windows on the Green at the Mobil Five Star Phoenician Resort in Scottsdale, before moving on to open Roaring Fork in 1997. Named after the river that flows through Aspen, Colorado, Roaring Fork’s distinctive, ruggedly elegant menu—featuring seasonal ingredients and Old West recipes restored with a new west twist—changed the face of American Western cuisine and broadened McGrath’s already successful career in the culinary industry. In 2006, he sold his interests in Roaring Fork and purchased Pischke’s, an iconic bar & grill in downtown Scottsdale.
Nominated five times by The James Beard Foundation as “Best Chef in America: Southwest,” (he brought home the honor in 2001), Chef McGrath is also a member of Arizona’s Culinary Hall of Fame. He’s appeared on The Today Show, Good Morning America, The Morning Show on CBS, Live with Regis and Kathie Lee, Good Morning Arizona, CNN, Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous, and The Food Network, and also written the popular cookbook, American Western Cooking from the Roaring Fork. Today, this hard-working father of three lives with his wife, Amy, in Scottsdale, Arizona.