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Michael Babcock was at the top of an influential AZ food career. Then he left it all

Chef Michael Babcock was at what could arguably be called the height of his career.

He is one of the co-founders of Instrumental Hospitality, and Welcome Hospitality before that. He has opened some of the Valley’s most beloved restaurants — from Welcome Diner to Belly, and, more recently, Sin Muerte in downtown Phoenix. He’s had a big impact on the food scene here for more than a decade. 

But, then he decided to leave.

  He announced last week he left his role as culinary director at Instrumental.

“12 years of this kind of lifestyle wears on you," Babcock said.

He joined The Show to talk more about his decision. 

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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.