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Restaurateur and Celebrity Chef John Tesar is well-known for putting his own personal flair on modern American cuisine with help from classic European techniques. His experience in the restaurant industry spans 20+ years and has seen John create and consult menus ranging from seafood fine dining to traditional American steakhouses. John currently owns and serves as executive chef at Spoon Bar & Kitchen, a fine dining seafood restaurant in Dallas, TX. He also owns and operates Knife, a modern concept that is reinventing the steakhouse experience. In 2015, John hosted a series of five consecutive dining experiences with five different celebrity chefs in a fundraising effort to benefit EAT (RED) DRINK (RED) SAVE LIVES, a nonprofit organization devoted to the research and treatment of HIV/AIDS.
Studying classical French training at La Varenne Ecole de Cuisine in Paris, Celebrity Chef John Tesar began his culinary career at Club Pierre in Westhampton. John would continue to cook in some of the finest kitchens in the country, cooking at restaurants such as 13 Barrow Street, Vine, and the Supper Club alongside Celebrity Chef Anthony Bourdain. Leaving New York to venture into other culinary projects, John headed to Las Vegas to join Celebrity Chef Rick Moonen at RM Seafood.
Celebrity Chef John Tesar would then head to Dallas where he would soon become one of the most influential culinary experts in all of Dallas fine dining. In 2007, John became the executive chef of the Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek. His innovative culinary style at the esteemed restaurant brought upon two five-star reviews as well as one of John’s two semi-finalist nominations for the James Beard Foundation’s “Best Chef Southwest” Award. John has also generously shared his culinary proficiency, helping mastermind menus all across Dallas restaurants such as The Cedars Social, The Commissary, Dallas Chop House, and Dallas Fish Market.
John’s prowess for American cuisine has earned him spots on cooking television shows Top Chef, Extreme Chef, and Cooking with Legends. In 2006, John emerged as the victorious chef on the inaugural season of Extreme Chef. His resilient personality and cutting-edge style has earned him praise in Food & Wine, Esquire, New York Magazine, and The New York Times.