As the temperatures soar outside, look for the competition to heat up inside The Gelato Spot as 10 of the Valley’s most popular chefs head into the freezer to create their one-of-a-kind gelato concoction for Gelato Wars.

Held at all three Valley Gelato Spot locations, and at participating chefs’ restaurants, the 2nd Annual Gelato Wars will take place from August 1 to August 31.

The rules are pretty simple. The chef who sells the most gelato at all three Gelato Spots combined — wins!

Along with bragging rights, the winning chef will also receive a custom molded gelato cone trophy, $500 cash and have a $5,000 check presented on their behalf to Make-A-Wish Arizona.

Chefs participating in the 2nd Annual Gelato Wars include:

  • Keenan Bosworth, Pig & Pickle
  • Gio Osso, Virtu
  • Chris McKinley, The Local
  • Matt Carter, The Mission & Zinc Bistro
  • Josh Hebert, Posh
  • Tracey Dempsey, Tracey Dempsey Originals (2013 Gelato Wars Winner!!)
  • Josh Bracher, The Second Story Liquor Bar
  • Justin Beckett & Jeff Schoening, Beckett’s Table
  • Scott Holmes, Little Miss BBQ
  • Walter Sterling, Ocotillo (Opens Late 2014)

“Expect the flavors to be super outrageous, funky and cool,” said Gelato Spot owner Tommy Plato. “These are 10 of the most talented chefs in the Valley right now and there is really no sweeter way to celebrate our love of gelato and the end of the summer.”

The 10 chef flavors will be available at the following Gelato Spot locations:

3164 E. Camelback Rd
Phoenix, AZ 85016
Sunday – Thursday noon – 11pm
Friday & Saturday noon – Midnight

40th St. & Greenway
4010 E. Greenway Rd.Phoenix, AZ 85032
Sunday – Thursday noon – 9pm
Friday & Saturday noon – 10pm

Old Town Scottsdale (Wood Fired Pizza & Gelato)
4166 N. Scottsdale Rd.
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
Sunday – Thursday 11am – 11pm
Friday & Saturday 11am – Midnight

To get a sneak preview of the flavors and celebrate the kick-off of Gelato Wars, a VIP Reception and Tasting night will be held on Thursday, July 31. To get more information or be added to the VIP list please contact Jennifer Parks at or call 480.495.3806.