Q&A with Tastemaker Dean Fearing

Startle and Forbes Travel Guide

Often referred to as the “Father of Southwestern Cuisine,” chef Dean Fearing has put his stamp on Dallas. A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America — and recognized by his alma mater as a “Pioneer of American Cuisine” — Fearing honed his kitchen skills and has received a handful of accolades, including a James Beard Award for the Best Chef: Southwest. After spending more than 20 years at Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek, he opened his own eponymous restaurant at The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas. You’ll often see Fearing in the open kitchen donning his signature chef’s coat, blue jeans and, of course, cowboy boots. When he isn’t whipping up Granny Fearing’s “paper bag shook” fried chicken, you can find him strumming his guitar with his all-chef alternative country band, The Barbwires.

Favorite Cities

New York
London
Paris

Favorite Hotels

Hôtel de Crillon, Paris
The Ritz-Carlton, Tokyo
Blackberry Farm, Walland, Tenn.
Stein Eriksen Lodge, Park City
Park Hyatt Toronto, Toronto
Hotel Bel-Air, Los Angeles
The Inn at Little Washington, Washington, Va.

Favorite Restaurants

L’Ami Louis, Paris

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