February 2, 2021
John Tesar is an award winning chef, TV personality, cook book author, and restauranteur. With a career dating back five decades Tesar, who received classical French training at La Varenne Ecole de Cuisine in Paris, began cooking at Club Pierre in Westhampton, NY before making his way to the Big Apple where he worked along side Anthony Bourdain at Supper Club. He would eventually trade the NYC for Sin City to work with Chef Rick Moonen at RM Seafood in Las Vegas. In 2007, Tesar embarked on another major move to Dallas, Texas where he would to take the helm at the ritzy Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek; and eventually go on to open the revolutionary Knife Steakhouse.
Opened in 2014, the chef-driven restaurant has continued to be recognized for reinventing the steakhouse experience. Most recently Knife's pimento cheeseburger was featured as Best Burger in Dallas on The 50 Greatest Burgers list for Texas Magazine and Best Steakhouse by D Magazine's "Best of Big D's" list. Always looking ahead for the next project, Tesar announced he is working with Flatiron Books and Macmillan on a book, Knife: Modern Steak and All American Meats, that will be published in spring 2017.
We chat with chat about his career, his love of Texas beef, and how he has dealt with the COVID19 pandemic.
December 17, 2020
With a Bachelor of Science degree in Restaurant, Hotel, and Institutional Management from Texas Tech University, and over 18 years of professional experience in the hospitality industry, Chef Cody Hayes is no stranger to the world of Culinary Arts. Chef Hayes began his professional career working in various positions within the restaurant and hospitality industry such as Banquet and Event Manager and Front Desk Manager for the Holiday Inn Corporation; and moving into the restaurant industry as the Culinary Manager, Beverage and Hospitality Manager, and Regional Training Director for Red Lobster with the Darden Corporation; and Director of Operations for a privately owned Beverage and Tea Company.
In 2006, Chef Hayes started the Culinary Arts Program at Rockwall High School. Since it's start, Chef Hayes has evolved this activity-driven course into a renowned and nationally recognized program. The program is now housed at the Dr. Gene Burton College & Career Academy in a state-of-the-art facility, complete with two teaching culinary classrooms, a teaching kitchen, and the Crave Cafe restaurant. They have been recognized as the North Texas Iron Chef Champions, won the state championship title with the Texas ProStart Program five times, and won the National ProStart Competition twice.
Chef Hayes resides in Fate, Texas with his wife, Amy, and their son, Ryker who attends Rockwall High School and the Dr. Gene Burton College & Career Academy. Amy and Chef Hayes also own SweetFace Sugar Shoppe & Bakery located in Royse City.
December 3, 2020
Dr. Jason Cleere is associate professor and Texas AgriLife Extension beef cattle specialist, stationed at Texas A&M University in College Station, where he develops and implements Extension educational programs to increase production efficiency and profitability of Texas beef cattle producers. He also serves as coordinator of the Texas A&M Beef Cattle Short Course, which attracts more than 1,400 participants to campus each August. He is also a faculty member of the beef cattle section in the Department of Animal Science.
November 3, 2020
Steve DeShazo is a native Texan, a Navy Veteran, a chef, and an educator. He joined the Navy specifically to cook, he then went on to work as an accountant before starting a web based catering company back in the 1990's.
But it was through education that DeShazo found his true passion outside of the kitchen. He has taught at both the high school and collegiate level and has garnered numerous awards including Texas Chef's Association Educator of the Year.
October 27, 2020
A native of Toluca, Mexico chef Diego Galicia moved to Texas at a young age. A graduate of The Culinary Institute of America Galicia worked at Lüke, owned by Chef John Besh, during his studies, and upon graduation he went on to work in his native Mexico at Azul Condesa, owned by renowned Chef Ricardo Munoz; followed by stints at Michelin starred restaurants Atelier Crenn in San Francisco and Moto in Chicago.
From this foundation he went onto launch Mixtli his own restaurant focusing on modern Mexican cuisine. Mixtli was met with critical acclaim earning him Food & Wine Magazine Best New Chefs 2017, he was James Beard Foundation Semifinalists 2018 , and the restaurant has received AAA 4 Diamond Awards in 2018, ‘19, and ‘20.
October 20, 2020
Executive Chef Morris Salerno has a storied career that has spanned five decades. He currently operates Salerno's and Bistecca Steakhouse (FKA Grotto) in Highland Village, TX. A two time winner of "Dallas Chef of The Year” by the Texas Chef Association, chef Salerno has also won numerous awards with the World Master Chefs Society Team USA, He served as the President of the Epicurean World Master Chefs Society, and in 2012 fulfilled a life long dream of winning a bronze medal at International Culinary Olympics in German.
October 13, 2020
Daniel Vaughn is Texas Monthly Magazine’s Barbecue Editor. In a former life, the Dallas-based Vaughn was an architect and a mere barbecue hobbyist, eating, reviewing, and writing about smoked meats for his popular blog, Full Custom Gospel BBQ. Then, in March 2013, hobby turned to profession, as he became the country’s one and only barbecue editor.
October 6, 2020
Dr. Davey Griffin is a professor, Extension meat specialist, and a member of the meat science section in the Department of Animal Science at Texas A&M University.
October 1, 2020
Dr. Emily Williams Knight is the CEO of the Texas Restaurant Association which represents almost 50,000 restaurants and 1.3 million hospitality workers. In a normal year the Lone Star restaurants do $70 billion in sales. Obviously the COVID 19 pandemic has had a drastic impact on this. We discuss how the TRA is providing resources and guidance to restaurants during the pandemic.