As Executive Chef of Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain and its signature restaurant, elements, Beau MacMillan inspires his staff with his passion for fresh ingredients. His ingenuity in the kitchen is stimulated by his belief that food should not be overworked, but rather appreciated for its simplicity and natural perfection. This philosophy is evident in Chef MacMillan’s innovative seasonal menus that focus on fresh, local ingredients procured from a network of artisans and organic farmers.
Chef MacMillan was recruited to Arizona in 1998 to develop the cuisine at The Ranch on Camelback, which later became Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain. He and former Executive Chef Charles Wiley opened elements restaurant in March of 2001, and Chef MacMillan took the helm in 2004. Since then, Chef MacMillan has brought elements national recognition and acclaim. His 2006 appearance on Food Network’s hit series Iron Chef America (during which he claimed victory over Iron Chef Bobby Flay in “Battle American Kobe Beef”), led to a 2010 starring role in Food Network’s Worst Cooks in America. In 2011, Chef MacMillan competed on Food Network’s The Next Iron Chef, and appeared in several episodes of the network’s The Best Thing I Ever Made and The Best Thing I Ever Ate. In 2013, he was a recurring judge on fellow Food Network chef Guy Fieri’s Guy’s Grocery Games.