Meet Graham Dodds, award winning Executive Chef from Central 214. You might recognize him from the glossy magazine features in American Way, D Magazine, and even Bon Appetit has tipped their hat to the chef who prides himself on using locally sourced ingredients as much as he possibly can. And, from the look inside his personal fridge, his farm to table lifestyle is carried right on home with him. A few highlights I’d like to point out in Chef Dodds’s fridge now: Jean’s Raspberry Jam (his Moms preserves), and Homemade Bacon! Hello gorgeous! Hi Graham, we’ll start with something easy. What was for dinner last night? Cheese lasagna with garlic bread Sounds great, we’re suckers for cheese, garlic and pasta! Speaking of favs, what are three ingredients you always keep on hand in your kitchen or pantry? I’ve always got Honey, Cheese & Bacon That homemade bacon in your fridge right now looks fantastic! With the spring/summer season fast approaching – […]
Chef Scott Gottlich
It’s that time again! Time to peak into the refrigerator of one of our favorite Dallas chefs – Scott Gottlich. Isn’t he handsome? I met Scott a few months ago on my first trip to Bijoux. Bijoux had been on my radar for a long time, and I’d heard really great things, but for some reason I hadn’t gotten around to dining there. But after spending a romantical, undeniably uh-mazing meal there for my 31st birthday I seriously can’t wait to return. Scott Gottlich and his team did not disappoint. Considering his background, it’s no surprise I loved the meal from Scott. After culinary school, working for Chef Tim Goodell at Auberge in California then working for my dream chef boyfriend Mr. Eric Ripert at Le Bernadin in New York, Scott landed in the Big D at one of my old Dallas favorites – Lola. And after Lola he consulted at Toulouse – another favorite of mine. Scott opened Bijoux […]
Chef’s Kitchen: David Anthony Temple
Who dat wit dem underground dinners? Chef DAT, that’s who. Chef David Anthony Temple (a.k.a. DAT) has stirred up quite a following with his underground dinners in the past few months. DAT creates a dining experience unlike any you’ll experience in the metroplex. Here’s how it works- If you’re on the “list” you’ll get an email early in the week describing what he has in store to offer for a 5-12 course menu. If you’re intrigued, then you simply write him back to confirm your seats. The day of the dinner you will be sent the address for the secret location, and when you arrive with a bottle of wine be ready to mingle with other wonderful folks with the same in common as you- a love of excellent food prepared to perfection. If you haven’t been to one of the secret dinner soirees yet, then you can contact him here to get on the email chain. I suggest you […]
Chef’s Kitchen: Diane Fourton
We first officially met Diane and her partner Justin Fourton at the Chef’s for Farmers Dallas event last March. They were the crowd favorite at this cafeteria-style line up of chef’s around Dallas. And they won over the group with their tender-juicy burnt ends and the banana pudding. Sarah and I were quite impressed and intrigued to learn about this hot spot serving up Southern home cooking in the farmers market downtown. So after a few tasty trips out to Pecan Lodge I wanted to dig a little deeper and see what these southern chef’s keep on hand in their own kitchen. Hi Diane, tell us – what did you have dinner last night? Grilled shrimp with black beans, yucca and plantains. What are 3 ingredients you always keep on hand in your kitchen? Mexican vanilla, bacon, and wine (and not necessarily in that order). Easter was just last Sunday, what was on your holiday menu? Brown Bag Ham (my […]
Chef Kent Rathbun’s Kitchen
Our next Chef’s Kitchen interviewee is a pretty well known figure here in the Dallas dining scene. If you haven’t heard Kent Rathbun‘s name before, then surely you’ve heard of at least one of his many restaurants across town: Abacus, Jasper’s, Rathbun’s Blue Plate Kitchen, and Zea Woodfire Grill. Not to mention he recently launched a new food product line. Yes, Kent Rathbun is definitely “the man” when it comes to dining in Dallas – whether it’s frequenting one of his many restaurants, or cooking at home, recreating his renowned dishes with the delectable sauces and seasonings from his Elements collection. We’ve heard of the legendary soirees Chef Rathbun has thrown down at his penthouse in The Heights at Park Lane (if you’re friends with him on facebook you can sneak a peak at the amazing views). So we were especially excited to see what was tucked inside this chef’s high in the sky penthouse kitchen.
Chocolatier Zach Townsend’s Kitchen
At the Chefs for Farmers event in Fort Worth we had the grand pleasure of eating Zach Townsend’s chocolate pave creation as our final course. This was a chocolate dessert unlike any other. Rich with a perfect slight bitterness, creamy, indulgent, but not so overwhelmingly so that I didn’t finish the entire dish. But who is Zach Townsend? And did I really care after he induced me into a full blown chocolate coma? Not really. But now that I’ve recovered, I can’t wait to try another one of his creations from Pure Chocolate Desserts (which actually has more options than just chocolate). And to learn a bit more about Zach, I obviously went to the most reputable source: Twitter @ZachTownsend. According to this trusted news source Zach has been a pretty busy guy lately. He recently posted a picture of a giant Chocolate Nutmeg Buche de Noël, more of his famous Chocolate Pave, Valrhona Dark Chocolate Cognac Truffles that he […]
Chef Matt McCallister’s Kitchen
I was lucky enough to pick the brain of Matt McCallister, former executive chef of Stephen Pyles, at the Chef’s for Farmers dinner last weekend, and it was such a pleasure to hear about what gets him stirring in the kitchen. Matt just had his last day at Stephan Pyles namesake restaurant about a week ago, and while we are all extremely sad to see him leave – we are even more excited to hear about all of his “staging” adventures across the nation over the next year or so. He’s kicking off his culinary tour at McCrady’s in Charleston, South Carolina with James Beard award-winning chef Sean Brock. Then he moves on to Napa Valley for the rest of the summer, working with the legendary French Laundry chef Thomas Keller. After that, potentially Alinea in Chicago, and Daniel in NY. Could this possibly be the best of the best staging tour across America? I can’t wait to see what McCallister […]
Two Hot Potatoes Kitchen
We figured we can’t very well be asking to see the inside of our favorite chef’s kitchens without sharing ours first. So to kick off our new Chef’s Kitchen category Sarah and I took the time to interview each other, and below is an exclusive look inside these Two Hot Potatoes refrigerators. Enjoy. Peak inside >>
Stay tuned for a sneak peak at the inside of all your favorite chef’s kitchens! In this new category we’ll be peaking inside the personal kitchens of our favorite chefs from around town to see what they like to keep on hand in their own homes, and interviewing them to find out what lights them up in the kitchen. So, which Dallas chefs are you most intrigued to get to know?