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Phoenix chef Stephen Jones is doing Southern food with Sonoran ingredients

Chef Stephen Jones is in something of an odd place in the Phoenix food scene: doing Southern food with Sonoran ingredients.

He says it’s an homage to the true roots of American cuisine — and it’s been a successful combination.

Jones has been named a James Beard awards finalist twice in the last several years, and his restaurant, The Larder + The Delta has become a downtown Phoenix staple. 

But explaining elevated Southern food to a transient Phoenix crowd has been a challenge, he said. The Show went to his restaurant kitchen last year as he was prepping that night’s service.

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Lauren Gilger, host of KJZZ's The Show, is an award-winning journalist whose work has impacted communities large and small, exposing injustices and giving a voice to the voiceless and marginalized.