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My Five Cents: Why Don’t More Chefs Move to Dallas to Cook?

I’ve had at least a dozen conversations with local chefs and restaurateurs about the shortage of chefs in our town. It’s a seller’s market for talented chefs. With so many restaurants opening, they get job offers thrown their way all the time. It’s a challenge to keep up with the constant movement. I call it […]

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If Le Cirque Comes to Dallas: Potential News and a Thought Experiment

Last week I attended Le Cirque’s “pop-up” (if one can call a dinner that involves fine linen and a four-fork table setting a “pop-up”) at the Tower Club, and aside a fine meal from the New York restaurant’s new chef, there was also some interesting news.

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Q&A With Nicolas Blouin, the Pastry Chef Who’s Quietly Making Sure Dallas Is on the International Pastry Map

They’re still waiting to appoint a new executive chef at The Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek. Meanwhile, Nicolas Blouin is a steady fixture, turning out beautiful confections from his tiny pastry room off the main kitchen. The 33-year-old pastry chef from Toulouse, France has worked in Switzerland, France, and Las Vegas, working at Michelin-starred restaurants and under world-famous patissiers before he landed at the Mansion five years ago.

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12th Annual Taste of the NFL at AT&T Stadium a Success

What started out with a couple of dozen people in the parking lot at Abacus, with Chef Kent Rathbun grilling with his buddies for good, has turned into one of the best tailgate parties in town benefiting The North Texas Food Bank. 12 years later, more than one thousand guests filled the field of AT&T Stadium in Arlington to taste, bid, sip and enjoy food and entertainment. Those in attendance had the opportunity to rub elbows with Dallas Cowboy’s greats like Chad Hennings, Charles Haley, Travis Fredrick and Preston Pearson before dancing to the music of Texas favorite, Jack Ingram.

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Former Deep Ellum Café Chef Brian Hennington Returns to Update AllGood Café Menu

Who remembers the glory days of the Deep Ellum Café and chef Brian Hennington? He returned to help buddy Mike Snider upgrade the menu at AllGood Cafe.

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Chef Samir, From Mashed Potato Sandwiches to the James Beard House

Nick & Sam’s executive chef, Samir Dhurandhar has come a long way thanks to an approach to the dining experience that many others could tear a page from. “Never take your guests for granted,” Samir says. “Take the best care of them and everything else will fall into place.”

Thanks to that driving ethos, it’s no wonder the James Beard House invited Samir to prepare a dinner. After all, there’s a reason so many food writers compare a chef receiving an invitation to “perform” at the James Beard House as the equivalent of a musician being invited to play at Carnegie Hall.

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