It's elementary: Sanctuary's Chef Beau MacMillan Takes the "Worst Cooks in America" Back to School in Food Network's Newest High-Stakes Elimination Series

Scottsdale, Ariz. (November 4, 2009) – Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain's own Beau MacMillan, executive chef of elements restaurant, will be schooling 12 of the nation's most disastrous kitchen rookies in Food Network's latest elimination challenge, designed to turn novice cooks into great chefs. Along with Secrets of a Restaurant Chef host Anne Burrell, Chef MacMillan will lead a culinary boot camp for the "Worst Cooks in America," in a five-week series premiering January 3 at 10 p.m. ET/PT.

Chef MacMillan will put his own considerable culinary reputation on the line as he divulges the tricks of the trade to a team of recruits who will face off against a second team led by Chef Burrell. The two competitors – one from each team – who are left standing at the end of four elimination rounds will then prepare a three-course meal for a panel of food critics who have been led to believe they are tasting the work of Chefs MacMillan and Burrell. Whether or not Chef MacMillan's apprentice takes the $25,000 grand prize will be revealed in the finale to air February 1 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

Back at elements, Sanctuary's signature restaurant, Chef MacMillan is overseeing the final details of a state-of-the-art kitchen renovation and expansion. The transformation will also introduce an exclusive private dining venue, to be called XII, and an 800-bottle wine corridor and tasting station.

Chef MacMillan is no stranger to Food Network fans, having competed on Iron Chef America. He has also demonstrated his culinary wizardry at The James Beard House. In addition to serving as executive chef of elements, which he helped open in 2001, Chef MacMillan has worked in the kitchens of Los Angeles' Hotel Bel Air and Shutters on the Beach in Santa Monica, as well as La Vielle Maison in Boca Raton, Florida. He is a graduate of Johnson and Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island.

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About Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain:
One of the country's most lauded luxury resorts, Sanctuary is a striking boutique property on Camelback Mountain in Paradise Valley, Arizona, just minutes from downtown Scottsdale. Under the direction of Westroc Hospitality, Sanctuary enjoys international acclaim for its contemporary design, and award-winning elements restaurant and Sanctuary Spa. A member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World, Sanctuary was recognized in 2006 as the "top resort" in the United States by the readers of Condé Nast Traveler and was included on the Travel & Leisure "T + L 500" list. Sanctuary has been a Condé Nast Traveler "Gold List" and "Reader's Choice" winner since opening in 2001.

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