Matt McCallister

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    November 25, 2014

    What Dallas' Best Chefs Are Cooking, and Eating, at Home This Thanksgiving

    Even though they spend the other 364 days of the year cooking for other people, chefs love Thanksgiving. Whether it's because they're craving something much simpler than the fancy dishes cooked in their kitchens or they just really, really love cranberry sauce, many of Dallas' best chefs are plannin ... More >>

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    October 31, 2014

    How to Dress Like Your Favorite Celebrity Dallas Chef for Halloween

    Halloween is the one day of the year when you pretend like you don't give a shit about what other people think of you, dress up like an idiot, and proceed to get really hammered while looking like a Ninja Turtle or something. Some people start planning for their Halloween costumes months in advance, ... More >>

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    October 23, 2014

    Seven of Dallas' Best Chefs Will Cook Under the Same Roof for Charity on Sunday

    Since 2009, some of Dallas' best chefs have come together a few times a year to host dinners that showcase the bounty produced by local farmers. Organized by FT33 chef Matt McCallister (duh) and his wife, Iris, Chefs For Farmers dinners over the past few years have raised money for local charitable ... More >>

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    October 9, 2014

    How Dallas' Young Chefs Are Remaking its Dining Scene, in Their Own Words

    The Dallas of 20 years ago exists only on the margins of the current culinary climate. There are more restaurants in this city than ever, and the focus of the chefs who run its best restaurants has shifted dramatically in the last five years. No longer is Dallas known for its decadent-but-boring ste ... More >>

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    August 26, 2014

    100 Favorite Dishes, No. 30: The Charcuterie Plate at FT33

    To prepare for this fall's Best of Dallas® 2014 issue, we're counting down (in no particular order) our 100 Favorite Dishes. If there's a dish you think we need to try, leave it in the comments, or email me. Plenty of restaurants offer a collection of seasoned, cured and preserved meats, known col ... More >>

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    July 24, 2014

    Where Chef Matt McCallister Eats In Dallas

    When he's not gently placing foraged herbs on one side of a plate at FT33, Matt McCallister has to rest his tweezing hands and take a break from cooking some of the city's best food. You won't find him eating any trendy dishes drizzled with truffle oil or pulling into any of the area's many Jack In ... More >>

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    July 22, 2014

    An Interview with Matt McCallister, Who Might Lose It If You Ask for a Wedge Salad

    If you're talking about Dallas' culinary resurgence in the last five years, there's no ignoring Chef Matt McCallister. As FT33, McCallister's farm-to-table restaurant in the Design District, attracts attention from the country's most respected food critics, it's also helping direct attention to the ... More >>

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    July 16, 2014

    Why Dallas Restaurants Do (and Don't) Participate in DFW Restaurant Week

    Each summer, the restaurant business slows to a crawl as temperatures rival convection ovens and monied customers flee for Colorado. Some restaurateurs use the downtime to close their businesses and give their employees a breather. Some trim employee hours and do their best to make a profit through ... More >>

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    May 28, 2014

    Oak Chef Chef Richard Gras on Dodging Pans in the '90s and Dallas' Dining Scene

    In the last few years, the Dallas Design District has become a true food destination. Matt McCallister's FT33 is responsible for much of that, but Chef Richard Gras is making his own kinds of waves down the street at Oak. After the departure of Jason Maddy in late 2012, Gras has brought a new kind o ... More >>

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    May 22, 2014

    Tell The Mother of Meat Fight Where She Should Eat Her Last Meat Meal

    I've decided to go vegetarian for a month. Which wouldn't really be that big of a deal, except that I love meat so hard. I love meat so much, I helped create a barbecue competition called Meat Fight. What drove me to this meatless idea? The taste of Matt McCallister's Christmas Tree. After eating ... More >>

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    May 1, 2014
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    April 2, 2014

    FT33's Matt McCallister Is Among America's Best New Chefs, Says Food and Wine

    Dana Cowin, the editor of Food and Wine is sharing some big knowledge lately via Twitter. My thought would have been a hefty squeeze of lemon juice would help overcome getting slimed by eel, but apparently the eau d'eel is a bit more sturdy. Last I checked she was scrubbing away with toothpaste. Be ... More >>

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    March 24, 2014

    The Dallas Observer's Iron Fork Is Back, with a New Chef Battle, New Venue and More

    It's time to start thinking about this year's Iron Fork competition. On May 7, Matt McCallister will have to defend the title he won last year in the sweltering confines of the Dallas Contemporary against Scott Romano. His next challenger is Richard Gras, the chef that recently took charge of Oak, a ... More >>

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    February 20, 2014

    Latest Nominations Show a Shift Toward Youth in Dallas' James Beard Awards

    First the big news: yesterday, this year's James Beard nominees were announced and Dallas has a respectable showing. Abacus and Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek received nominations for Outstanding Service, which may not come as a huge surprise considering these two Dallas institutions are known for ... More >>

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    October 29, 2013

    Thomas Keller Visited FT-33 and Left an Impression on Matt McCallister

    Chances are if you've ever donned chef whites, you know Thomas Keller's name. If you're a serious home cook, there's a decent chance you've heard of him, too. If you're the type who salivates over multi-course tasting menus that cost hundreds of dollars and take hours to consume, you've definitely h ... More >>

  • Dining

    August 15, 2013

    FT33 is One of Dallas' Best, So Why Aren't There More Like It?

    Unlike many restaurants entering their second year, Matt McCallister's Design District gem is gaining momentum.

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    August 15, 2013

    Dallas' 50 Most Interesting Restaurants, No. 30: FT33

    Leading up to our annual Best of Dallas® issue, we're counting down the 50 most interesting restaurants in Dallas. These spots bring something unique or compelling to the city's dining scene, feeding both your appetite and soul. Find more interesting places on our all-new Best Of app for iTunes or ... More >>

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    August 12, 2013

    Here's What FT33 Chef Matt McCallister Will Cook at the Beard House Next Month

    It was back in June when Matt McCallister announced that he and his crew would be headed to New York this September to cook at the famous James Beard House for a ticketed event. The FT33 chef posted his invitation letter to his Facebook page, and he talked briefly to me about the menu he was painsta ... More >>

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    August 8, 2013

    Bon Appétit Ranks Two Dallas Spots Among America's 50 Best New Restaurants

    Bon Appétit has released its list of America's 50 best new restaurants, and for the second year in a row two local restaurants are on the list. Last year, Oak and Time Love's Woodshed got the nod. This year, Matt McCallister's FT33 and John Tesar's Spoon both received accolades. Andrew Knowlton ... More >>

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    July 22, 2013

    GQ Adds to FT33's Growing List of Accolades

    Nearly every restaurant with a web presence has a press page. The little slice of internet real estate is devoted to compiling stories penned by various publications about the food, chef or whatever -- it's supposed to impress you. While some press pages are more impressive than others, it's easy ... More >>

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    June 5, 2013

    Copper River Salmon Dinner at Rathbun's Blue Plate Kitchen Tomorrow Night

    Scott Romano of Nick & Sam's, Kent Rathbun of lots of things and Matt McCallister of FT33 are getting together for a little Copper River salmon dinner tomorrow night, June 6, at Rathbun's Blue Plate Kitchen. Good news, you all are invited. It's a five-course meal, including appetizers, all of which ... More >>

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    May 9, 2013

    Balls, Boobz, and Potatoes: The Cheap Bastard's Iron Fork Recap

    Last night at Iron Fork, a bunch of hipster food people got together and ate food at each other while wearing fashion clothes at the Dallas Contemporary. It was fun. See also: - The 11 Best Bites from the Dallas Observer Iron Fork 2013 - The People and The Food of Iron Fork 2013 I heard it was a ... More >>

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    May 2, 2013
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    March 19, 2013

    Matt McCallister Wins Food and Wine's Peoples Choice Award

    Just last week we told you that Food and Wine was having a little Internet-based people's choice chef extravaganza that featured not one, but two local chefs. Today, the magazine announced that Matt McCallister has won the Southwest region. Food and Wine didn't say how many votes McCallister (or an ... More >>

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    March 12, 2013

    Omar Flores and Matt McCallister Nominated for People's Best New Chef

    Food & Wine recently announced that Matt McCallister, chef-owner of FT33, and Omar Flores, who chefs at Driftwood have been nominated for the magazine's The People's Best New Chef award. See also: - FT33 is Now Open in the Design District - FT33 chef Matt McCallister and Driftwood chef Omar Flores ... More >>

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    February 8, 2013

    BREAKING: Restaurant People Love Crossing Their Arms in Photos

    Dallas chefs and restaurant owners looooove crossing their arms in photos. We should make it stop. It's the most important change that needs to happen in our restaurant scene. Seriously. Evidence:

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    January 15, 2013

    FT33 chef Matt McCallister and Driftwood chef Omar Flores Host Two Surf and Turf Dinners

    FT33 chef Matt McCallister and Driftwood chef Omar Flores are teaming up for surf and turf style two-part dinner series. If that grabs the attention of your stomach, then you might want to go ahead and call in for reservations, as they will surely fill up quickly. On Monday, February 4, McCallister ... More >>

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    December 21, 2012

    For the Love of Deep Fried Little Debbie: This Week in Dallas Dining

    Hello? Is anyone out there? Is this thing on? It's quiet around the Observer today. The cubes are empty and everyone is tweeting about wrestling with TWA, Greyhound and other modes of transportation. I think the holidays are in full swing, and I'm excited to jump into the fray myself, but first the ... More >>

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    December 12, 2012

    Two Hot-Head Chefs Pair Up For "Lost In The Woods Dinner"

    Chef Matt McCallister is known for his love of foraging. He's also known for having a bit of a temper. When a diner left some meandering and negative prose on Yelp after having dinner at his previous restaurant, Campo, the chef ate that Yelper for breakfast. On his Facebook page McCallister went off ... More >>

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    October 5, 2012

    FT-33 Announces Its Long-Awaited Opening

    Invites are flooding email servers everywhere. FT-33 has announced its long-awaited opening, next Saturday, October 13. The message was attached to an invitation to a media dinner to be held later this month. If you don't have a table already you can still snag one. Just a few moments ago I dialed ... More >>

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    October 3, 2012

    Could Dallas' Three Newest High-Profile Restaurants Soon Be Involved In A Power Struggle?

    While everyone prepares to take in another season of Top Chef this month, a different sort of battle will unfold in Dallas' dining season this fall. Three high-profile openings are scheduled in the coming weeks and each will compete for Dallas' discretionary dining dollars. John Tesar's Spoon, Ste ... More >>

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    September 14, 2012

    Campo Closes, To Reopen as a New Concept in a Few Months

    If you were planning on dining at Campo this weekend you'll need to find other plans. News of the restaurant's closure is spreading like and Internet bushfire on Eater, Escape Hatch and other food blogs. Owner John Paul Valverde is quoted as saying the restaurant is not gone for good, but will reop ... More >>

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    August 23, 2012

    FT33 Plans to Open in October and a First Look at the Menu

    Chef Matt McCallister is surely working fast these days to wrap up the final details for his new restaurant, FT 33, which we now know is set to open in October. The new spot at 1617 Hi Line Drive in the Design District will feature classic and modern techniques and will focus on a seasonally driven, ... More >>

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    April 13, 2012

    Matt McCallister's FT-33 Has a New No. 2: Former Oddfellows Chef Brady Williams

    Since January of last year, chef Brady Williams has been manning the ship at the Spillers Group, the folks behind Union Bear, Oddfellows and Eno's. But Williams told me today that he's got a new gig: chef de cuisine for FT-33, the new Design District restaurant from Matt McCallister. "It's been in ... More >>

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    March 29, 2012

    Can Campo Survive without Matt McCallister?

    When Campo Modern Country Bistro first opened, it did so to much fanfare. Owners Miguel Vicéns and John Paul Valverde built a charming space from a rundown bungalow in Oak Cliff, and they hired Matt McCallister to consult as a temporary executive chef. In the weeks preceding the opening, McCalliste ... More >>

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    March 22, 2012

    Matt McCallister Announces FT 33

    While reviewing Campo, and bitching about truffles, I've been alluding to Matt McCallister's new restaurant but not coughing up the name. A server squeaked while I was reviewing Campo, and when I followed up with McCallister, he asked I not print it. I'm glad I didn't because I was just a smidgen of ... More >>

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    February 10, 2012

    Campo Names Josh Black its New Exec Chef; Matt McCallister Still on His (Long) Way Out

    Earlier this week I heard that Matt McCallister, the chef at Oak Cliff's Campo, had put in his two weeks. I tried to call the chef to confirm, but we've been playing phone tag for days. I did get in touch with a manager there, who basically told me the same thing he did when I conducted interviews f ... More >>

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    February 7, 2012

    Why Those Black Truffles You're Eating Don't Taste Like Truffles at All

    FlickrBlack truffles don't really work like this, as I recently learned.​I remember my first encounter with truffles vividly, probably because it was a simultaneously euphoric and traumatic experience. I was on a date at Al Tiramisu, a basement Italian restaurant in Washington, D.C., which I p ... More >>

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    February 3, 2012

    We Gave Campo's Matt McCallister a Big Box of Crap and He Made Us 14-Layer Dip

    ​​​Once a month or so, we invite a new lucky soul to attempt to conquer The Box. Their challenge: To create something awesome out of whatever ingredients are in the box. It's like Chopped plus Punk'd, only less terrible. This month, Campo's Matt McCallister attempts to make some Super Bowl app ... More >>

  • Dining

    January 19, 2012

    The State of Dallas Dining, As Told By Its Chefs

    Starring Stephan Pyles, John Tesar, Katherine Clapner, Kent Rathbun, Teiichi Sakurai and a dozen other local chefs.

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    January 19, 2012

    Campo is One of Dallas' Best Restaurants -- For Now

    Oak Cliff has one of the city's most daring restaurants. But will the chef stay put?

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    January 18, 2012

    Campo Modern Bistro Serves Up Poetry, But How Long Will Its Poet Last?

    It's odd putting time into a restaurant review when you know the restaurant you're writing about will most likely not exist as it does for very long. Campo Modern Country Bistro, the subject of this week's review, opened last year with Matt McCallister as its "consulting executive chef." After desig ... More >>

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    December 21, 2011

    The Next Generation Of Dallas Chefs

    ​Forbes recently listed 30 movers and shakers in the national food scene who are under 30. The article highlights the new guard, the young chefs and food purveyors who promise to carry the torch for the next generation of restaurant patrons. Dallas has some younger chefs worth mention on the ... More >>

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    December 1, 2011

    Piglet Alert: Crispy Pig Ears Spotted at Campo

    Flickr​Back in August, I wrote about RedFork's snout to tail plate, and lamented the lack of offal on Ryan Carbery's menu. The chef told me a head cheese terrine was received with mixed reviews; customers were more likely to order it when he called the charcuterie a pork pate. Shame. Head chee ... More >>

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    November 10, 2011

    Campo Opens in Oak Cliff

    Rachel Laine​Campo Modern Bistro opened this week at 1115 N. Beckley Ave. in Oak Cliff. Owners Miguel Vicéns and John Paul Valverde of Coevál Studios recruited Matt McCallister, formerly of Stephan Pyles, to run the kitchen. McCallister has been dabbling in many different things lately, in ... More >>

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    September 12, 2011

    For Fashion Week, Five Foods Just as Hard to Eat as Those Clothes are to Wear

    Abacus​It's Fashion Week, which means lots of impractical clothes clothes on impractically shaped people. But designers aren't alone in their ability to turn something as functional as clothes into high art. Chefs often do the same with food, as demonstrated by the above dish -- a salad from ... More >>

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    January 3, 2011

    Come "Play" With Matt McCallister

    Matt McCallister​Matt McCallister, who helped inaugurate the extraordinarily popular Fuego concept at Stephan Pyles before tendering his resignation there, has announced a series of three limited-seating dinners. McCallister is planning to depart Dallas for a series of culinary apprenticeship ... More >>

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    September 15, 2010

    From Farm to Table: Chef for Farmers Event
    To Boost Local Producers

    Photos by Robert BostickRandall Copeland, Bruno Davaillon, Janice Provost, Chad Houser, Nathan Tate and Matt McCallister​A unique twilight dinner has been scheduled at Eden's Garden Organic Garden Center and CSA Farm in Balch Springs that will pair seven chefs from five Dallas restaurants for ... More >>

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    August 4, 2010

    Stephan Pyles Executive Chef Matt McCallister
    Is Living Every Food Fan's Dream

    Photo by Robert Bostick​With the crush of talented wizards working magic in Dallas kitchens, it pays to know just who is behind the saute pan at your favorite eatery. To help you keep track, City of Ate brings you Three-Course Meal, a three-part chat with some of the best, most inventive chefs ... More >>

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    July 17, 2009

    Just Who Is This Matt McCallister Guy?

    The new executive chef at Stephan Pyles."I'm inexperienced. But my eagerness, I think, makes up for that." It's been almost two weeks since star Southwestern chef Stephan Pyles turned heads in the Dallas dining world by appointing Matt McCallister Executive Chef of his self-named restaurant downto ... More >>

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