Chef Erasmo “Razz” Kamnitzer attended the National Hotel School of Lausanne in Switzerland. After completing his training, he moved to the United States and enrolled in the Culinary Institute of America at Hyde Park, New York. A native of Venezuela, Chef Razz is the seventh generation of chefs in his family.

Prior to opening Razz’s Restaurant and Bar in 1995 with his wife, restauranteur Bobbi Jo Haynes, Razz was Chef de Cuisine of Etiennes Different Pointe of View at The Pointe Hilton at Tapatio Cliffs, Phoenix. Known nationally today for his 5000 square foot terraced “Chef’s Garden”, flourishing amongst a desert landscape, Razz’s cuisine features herbs, edible flowers and exotic fruits and vegetables that are his trademark.

With his dark ponytail, engaging smile and rich, exotic voice, Kamnitzer is the charismatic soul of his restaurant and a favorite guest of the TV FOOD NETWORK, broadcast nationally from New York City. Razz has appeared on numerous other broadcasts of Ready-Set-CookChef Du JourDining Around and Talking Food with Robin Leach. Televised locally, Razz has a regular spot called Cooking Under Ten featuring restaurant quality recipes that can be prepared in under ten minutes for under ten dollars.

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Razz’s Restaurant and Bar has been selected by Esquire Magazine as one of “The Best New Restaurants of 1996.” Gourmet Magazine places Razz’s as one of the top 20 restaurants of 1998 in Arizona. Razz has also appeared in Food & Wine MagazineBon AppetitSpirit in-flight Magazine and The New York Times.

Actively involved in the community, Razz frequently participates in a variety of culinary events. Razz and Bobbi Jo created a fund-raising event for the Center Against Sexual Abuse called “Pleasures of the Palettes” Involving many of their friends from the national food scene. Past participants include chefs Jeremiah Tower, Hubert Keller, Rick Bayless, Daniel Boulud, Todd English, and Bobby Flay. The event has been selected as the best fund-raising event in the Phoenix area annually for the Center Against Sexual Abuse. They are also members of the culinary advisory board for Metro Tech of Phoenix, a vocational institute with a culinary arts program for at risk high school students.


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