Wylie Dufresne

  • Blogs

    September 23, 2014

    Kitchen LTO Chef Blythe Beck on Global Culinary Domination and Sexism in the Kitchen

    In her relative short time as executive chef of the former Hotel Palomar's now-defunct restaurant Central 214, Blythe Beck quickly made a name for herself. Known as "The Naughty Chef" from both her Lifetime TV reality show and the combination of "booze, butter and bacon" that made her famous, Beck i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 4, 2013

    Top Chef Seattle: Tesar Packs Knives, Goes, Becomes Pickle Hoarder

    Dammit, Dallas! Tesar went home this week on Top Chef. They even gave him an extra chance to stay and he came home. Most big of bummers. The QuickFire was a knife-skills challenge hosted by Bob Kramer, who is a "master bladesmith" and wins points for best job title ever. Josie nicked her hand but d ... More >>

  • Dining

    April 26, 2012

    At Jeff Harris' Bolsa, One Dish Reveals the Chef's Chops

    Want to measure a chef? Look to his chicken.

  • Blogs

    January 25, 2012

    Who Will Build Dallas' Best Meatball Hoagie?

    Flickr​This week in The New York Times, Pete Wells reviews someplace called Parm. His intro points out the lack of coverage food snobs give Italian-American cooking -- red-sauce pasta on red-checkered table cloths -- despite that it's a prominent comfort food for millions of Americans. That's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2011

    Wrapping Up The Week That The Double Double Gods Finally Arrived In North Texas

    These are the assholes who line-jumped at In-N-Out. In case you'd forgotten.​Copper River salmon is nearly back in season, and Dallas plans to open up a new Central Market this year. A recipe for soft shell crab emerges. That's all that happened this week in food bloggery. Oh, and some burge ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 10, 2011

    An Apology to Wylie Dufresne

    Great food, Wylie Dufresne. Sorry about the whole "shitter" thing.​Dearest Wylie Dufresne, You, sir, are The Shit. And by that, I mean the amazing The Shit, not the actual shit The Shit. The food that I watched you create and serve up last week at wd~50 in Manhattan was otherworldly. If you ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 16, 2010

    Chef Tell: Mise en Place and Celebrity Chef Double Whammy

    ​First off, I was on vacation last week so apologies for the lack of Top Chef All Stars recap. And while we're on the subject of last week, yes, I need a vacation from my vacation and DANG! that was one amazing showdown by eliminated chef Jen. Also, I appreciated that Tom acknowledged that a chef ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 19, 2010

    Chef Tell: Dishes in Disguise?

    ​Last night's episode of Top Chef provided A) the best text messages sent by friends watching the show before I was, and B) the most quality "sheesh"-inducing insults during tasting and Judges' Table so far this season.I knew the Quickfire was going to be good because well, I got a text that said ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 12, 2010

    Chef Tell: Restaurant Wars, WTF?

    ​Ah, yes. The Top Chef fan's most beloved and anticipated episode: restaurant wars.But first, there was the tag team cook-off -- which, personally, I adore without restraint. It's stressful, it's frantic and it's a guaranteed opportunity for me to shout near simultaneous cheers and jeers at t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2010

    Molecular Gastronomy Finally Makes Quantaum Leap to Dallas

    Hey, grandpa, what's for supper?​As a remarkable number of press releases this month have pointed out, molecular gastronomy has made its way to Dallas. Stephen Pyles, who "detests the words" molecular gastronomy, is planning to trot out a few mad science techniques for a new tasting menu debut ... More >>