Having started his career in Florida as a dishwasher at The Fish Market Karvis knew right away that he wanted to cook. The opportunity came one night when the chef asked him to fill a position on the line. Karvis accepted and the rest is history. He started his culinary journey in 1992 at the O’rangie, now known as Wright’s at the Arizona Biltmore, as pantry and hot appetizers chef and made his way to Kitchen Manager in a little over a year. Later accepting a sous chef position at Lon’s at the Hermosa Inn under Chef Michael DeMaria, chef Karvis learned organizational skills which is critical to being successful in the culinary industry.
In 1996 Karvis took those skills and joined Chef Eddie Matney at Eddie’s Grill in Phoenix and later Eddie Matney’s Restaurant. Having developed a strong bond and working relationship, Karvis and Matney worked together for many years including a James Beard dinner in 1999 where chef Karvis helped Matney execute the menu. In 2001 Karvis was hired as executive chef for the Talking Stick Golf Club’s Wildhorse Grille. During that time, Karvis has redeveloped the menu, instituted regular wine dinners and built a solid reputation for himself in Arizona. With his energetic personality and open-minded approach to cooking, Chef Patrick has made himself well known in the Arizona Culinary community for his phenomenal menus and large following at the Wildhorse Grille. As Executive Chef, his monthly wine dinners, as well as other special events, are always in high-demand.
Karvis participates in many local events including Flavor of Phoenix, Arizona Taco Festival, Phoenix Cooks and The Taste @ Kierland Commons. He has also had the honor of working at some of the Valley’s top establishments like Wolf Gang Puck’s Obachine, Mark Tarbell’s, and Stingray Sushi. Patrick continues to use only the best of ingredients as well as implementing local ingredients onto the TapHouse Kitchen menu.
Patrick has a wonderful family with his wife Katie, daughter Lily – 3 years and sons, Payton – 12, Sammy – 1 year. When Patrick is not cooking up some great food he enjoys playing the drums and listening to music.
Favorite quote is by Macro Pierre White, “At the end of the day it’s just food isn’t it? Just food?”
1st Place at the 2005 Taste of the seasons, sponsored by the Arizona Biltmore and Sysco Foods.
2nd Place at the 2007 Chef challenge at the Scottsdale Culinary Festival
2nd Place at the 2012 Arizona Taco Festival for Beef Taco
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