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Tacos Mariachi Honors Tesar With His Own Taco

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Wait, it’s not Tuesday. We can’t possibly do a taco story today, or can we? Yes we can, especially with a little number like this presented by Tacos Mariachi who pays an homage to Top Chef contender John Tesar.

The John Tesar Taco is a flour tortilla, charred tomato salsa, avocado, toy box pico and jalapeño tomatillo cream. Sounds legit and we happen to be on a relleno binge at the moment.   Continue reading

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A Look at the Tesar Spoon Pop-Ups

tartareby Steven Doyle  photos by Joey Stewart

For those of you following the many activities of John Tesar you would have noticed that he is one busy chef and in great demand. When the chef is not busy rocking Knife, his kick ass steakhouse in Dallas, or doing one of the many charity events he is so popular for, or his second coming on the current season of Top Chef, Tesar is is still not satisfied.

We noted some time ago that Tesar is also adding another restaurant to his menu in the form of a burger stand in Plano next year. But for a real slice of the chef you should check out one of his pop-up ventures where he has been recreating his beautiful but shuttered seafood restaurant, Spoon.    Continue reading

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Tesar Announces First Spoon Pop-Up *Updated

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On the heels of his veteran “Top Chef” cast announcement today, Chef John Tesar announces a new project that will see the celebrated chef revive some of his most popular Spoon seafood dishes for a limited number of diners at secret locations throughout Dallas. Seating will be limited to 16 guests per night, with location details revealed only one day before the event.  Continue reading

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Tre Cooking Concepts And Life After Marquee

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The food lords of Dallas were taken aback recently when Tre Wilcox resigned his post two years after he opened the kitchen at Marquee in Highland Park Village. Wlicox comes to us with an amazing pedigree named as the James Beard Foundation’s “Rising Star Chef” for two consecutive years, and appearing on Top Chef Season 3 and the All Star Season 8. On any given night Wilcox could be found working the line in his own kitchen at Marquee rather than playing up his celebrity status.

Wilcox claimed he wanted to spend more time with his family and offer cooking classes in his home, and the man has been doing just that.  Continue reading

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Why John Tesar Should Be Voted Back On Top Chef

tesar1 002by Steven Doyle

I do not normally report on the whole Top Chef thing, we always assume our readers are out dining or sipping an amazing tequila, or hob knobbing with a few local bands on their day off. At least that is how I envision you all. However, this season has been particularly interesting with the addition of three talented local chefs.

Be there no doubt that I was all upset when Danyele McPherson from The Grape took her leave from the show just weeks ago. Danyele is talented, perky and a whole lot of fun. I met her first working with McCallister back at Stephan Pyles, and instantly took to her radiant personality. She is a class act and Top Chef could use a few more Danyele’s.   Continue reading

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Happy Chefsgiving: Danyele McPherson

by Steven Doyle

Thanksgiving is upon us once again and all the gobblers are running for cover. To get you in the mood for a little fun and relaxation we asked a few chefs around Dallas several questions so we get our dinner cooked just right. We will run their answers both today and tomorrow, so check back often to see how your favorite chef weighs in on the holiday.

Danyele McPherson is the feisty Chef de Cuisine behind The Grape on Lower Greenville. She is slugging it out using her favorite knives on the tenth season of Top Chef, and attended the Culinary Institute of America. Today Danyele sends thanks and answers a few of our silly Thanksgiving  questions. Continue reading

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First Look: John Tesar’s Spoon Bar and Kitchen

by Steven Doyle

Spoon Bar and Kitchen will more than likely be open for business this weekend, but that could change depending on the mood of chef-owner, John Tesar. For the sake of brevity, I am sure most in the city are familiar with Tesar, but if not you may catch him tonight as the 10th season of Top Chef premiers. Although the chef can’t, and won’t give up any juicy details of his exploits on the program, you may rest assured he charges out with his guns blazing.

Last night I was an invited guest of Tesar at the soft opening for Spoon, Tesar’s love child of a restaurant that he has been working on for the past year. Guests were not offered selections from the regular menu, but rather from his tasting menu, which will change often to keep up with seasons and availability of ingredients.  The tasting menu will be offered each day on the menu. Continue reading

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