By Rebecca Combs, Foodable Contributor
Yesterday marked the 1st Annual Flavors of Dallas, a true foodie and culinary experience that benefits the American Liver Foundation. After careful consideration, fourteen premiere chefs were selected to participate in this unique dining extravaganza. Each chef had his or her own table of 12 and added their own unique flare to the table with linens, flowers, and other themed items.
Below are the 14 participating chefs, and the 14 we would have liked to see in the ring, too.
1. Jon Bonnell, Bonnell's and Waters Restaurants
2. Donald Chalko, Omni Dallas Hotel
3. Michael Duff, Eddie V's Prime Seafood
4. Cory Garrison, Omni Dallas Hotel
5. Pete Harrison, Dakota's
6. Hermann Hiemeyer, Hyatt Regency Dallas
7. Charles Miller, Place at Perry's (soon to be Esping's)
8. Randy Morgan, Bistro N
9. Eugenio Reyes, Ocean Prime
10. David C Smith, The Westin Galleria Dallas
11. Anthony Van Camp, SER Steak + Spirits
12. Michael West, R Bar & Grill at the Hilton Arlington
13. Azja Freeman, Urban Comfort Catering
14. Maurizia Senturk, Nonna Knows Catering
It goes without saying that this event is packed with full of flavor — not to mention, it's a full 5-course meal.
But with more restaurants per capita than any other metropolitan city in the United States, narrowing the talent down for any culinary event in Dallas is extremely difficult. So, of course, there will always be fabulous chefs that are left out! From the James Beard Awards to well-known names, here are 14 chefs that, while not included at the Flavors of Dallas, are certainly shaking things up in The Big D and beyond.
1. Matt McCallister, FT33
Focus: Season-inspired, modern cuisine
2. Omar Flores, Casa Rubia
Focus: Modern Spanish tapas
4. Brian Luscher, The Grape Restaurant
Focus: Classic urban bistro
5. Teiichi Sakurai, Tei-An
Focus: Authentic Japanese soba house and sushi bar
8. Bruno Davaillon, The Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek
Focus: Modern American cuisine with French influences
9. Stephen Pyles, San Salvaje
Focus: Cuisine inspired by Mexico, Central & South America, The Caribbean, and Cuba
10. Dean Fearing, Fearing's Restaurant
Focus: Modern American cuisine and fine dining
13. David Uygur, Lucia
14. Brian Zenner, Belly & Trumpet
Focus: Contemporary global cuisine
Without a doubt, The Flavors of Dallas is an outstanding event that’s benefitting an important cause. But next time you're in Dallas, be prepared for a marathon of eating with food from every corner of the globe. There are so many quality restaurants and upcoming talent in DFW that you cannot possibly eat everything — but you can try! And don't forget, it's not just the big name chefs and restaurants that have big Dallas flare. The small, chef-owned neighborhood hot spots can pack a flavor punch on a plate. From boutique style restaurants to chef-driven hot spots to meat empires, everything's bigger in Texas.