Life As A Passionista | Chef Lisa Dahl
–By Stacey Gualandi
The day I met Chef Lisa Dahl, she went from walking a red carpet glammed out in Gaultier, to riding her road bike in spandex, to cooking in her signature silk charmeuse chef coat.
This quick-change artist comes by it naturally. Dahl is a former fashion designer-turned-self-taught chef, and now sits high atop a culinary empire in Sedona, the heart of Arizona’s vortex country, a tourist town more famous for red rocks than for fine dining. That is, until Dahl came to town.
Over 20 years ago, Dahl sought out Sedona for its healing powers after her son Justin, 23, was murdered trying to stop a thief in San Francisco. Inspired by their bond and love for cooking, she opened Dahl & Di Luca Ristorante Italiano, followed by Cucina Rustica, then Pisa Lisa 10 years later, and 2 years ago, Mariposa Latin Inspired Grill. Each new venture has brought accolades, awards, and now, self-reflection.
“This award had me reaching deep into the soul of my memory banks to see what we have really accomplished,” says Dahl.
In May, Dahl accepted the “Trailblazer” award from the Sedona Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners. It was another in a long list of honors she has earned as the woman behind the Dahl Restaurant Group. The author of The Elixir of Life now oversees 230 employees, and last year alone literally served over 350 thousand people in her top-ranked restaurants. She is already projecting a 20 percent growth for next year.
[Continue reading on page 27 of Deluxe Version Magazine Issue Nº09]