From television shows to kitchen tables, chefs these days are some of the most recognized individuals on the planet. This of course goes for the celeb chefs of Dallas, who are continuing to make a name for us as the culinary culture of the South. Read on and choose whose chef table you want to visit this weekend.
1 Stephan Pyles
You may consider Stephan Pyles the granddaddy of celeb chefs here in the metroplex. That's because he is known as one of the founding fathers of Southwestern cuisine, opening up the renowned Routh Street Cafe in 1983. Since then, he has opened 15 more restaurants, including his newest venture Samar, a Mediterranean-inspired eatery which has garnered national attention. Pyles also hosts the annual Celebrity Chef Dinner, benefiting the Stephan Pyles Culinary Scholarship, which is always a big event.
Stephan Pyles, 1807 Ross Ave, 214.580.7000, www.stephanpyles.com
2 Tim Byers
Byres was the brains behind The Mansion on Turtle Creek's kitchen before leaving to do a stint around the Southland for more inspiration. Upon his return to Dallas, he created Smoke, a not-your-average-barbecue-place attached to the famous Belmont Hotel. Still in its infancy, Byres and Smoke have already warranted national acclaim, including one the Ten Best Restaurant Dishes of 2010 by Food and Wine magazine for his Smoked Pork Jowl appetizer.
Smoke, 901 Fort Worth Avenue, 214.393.4141, www.smokerestaurant.com
3 Tre Wilcox
Of Bravo's Top Chef fame (season 3), Tre Wilcox has been blazing through the ranks of culinary royalty here in the Big D. From grill cook at Abacus to Executive Chef at Loft 610, Wilcox continues to wow palates with his passion and acute attention to detail. Wilcox's professionalism is evidenced in every dish he executes, but should you drop into Loft 610, opt for the lamb for a truly visceral experience.
Loft 610, 5760 State Hwy 121 #175, 972.377.2500, www.loft610.com
4 Dean Fearing
Another chef who began his rise to stardom at the Mansion on Turtle Creek, the proverbial culinary career springboard, Dean Fearing has held the celebrity chef status since the 80s, so he deserves an eatery of his own namesake. Fearing's inside the Ritz-Carlton is the premiere place for locals and visitors alike to meet, mingle and masticate. It's also home to one of the most revered chef's tables in the city.
Fearing's inside the Ritz-Carlton, 2121 McKinney Ave, 214.922.4848, www.fearingsrestaurant.com
5 Kent Rathbun
Every where you look, there is evidence of Kent Rathbun's empire. Should Dallas ever fall, I find it highly likely we would become Rathbun City, or Rathbunville. There's Abacus, Rathbun's Blue Plate, Jasper's, Zea Wood-Fired Grill...his reign just keeps on expanding, and it's no wonder why. Whether you're dealing with sushi or slow-roasted pulled pork, the odds of you choosing the wrong dish at any of these eateries is slim to none.
Abacus, 4511 McKinney Ave, 214.559.3111, www.kentrathbun.com