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SCC Culinary grad leads five-diamond restaurant

On most days, Ryan Swanson can be found running the kitchen at Kai, Arizona’s only five-star, five-diamond restaurant located at the Sherton Grand Resort at Wild Horse Pass.

The 2006 graduate of the Scottsdale Community College Culinary program is Chef De Cuisine at Kai, which puts him in charge of kitchen’s day-to-day operations, including creating and overseeing the dishes found on the menu.

Because the restaurant is located on tribal land, he makes sure that menu honors and reflects Native American traditions. On any given day, a Kai dish...

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