There is a classic staple of Southwest cuisine that has stolen the hearts of the DFW area for over 30 years.  Texas Foodies Host, Nancy Jay, sits down with the Chef and Owner of Fearing’s Restaurant, Dean Fearing, who shares with viewers how he was part of the transformation of the restaurant industry in Dallas during the 1980s.

As French and Italian restaurants defined Dallas’ gourmet restaurants at the time, Dean revolutionized the industry with his idea to incorporate a Southwest cuisine into a gourmet restaurant. His decision to indulge guests with the tastes of Texas, including fish from the gulf, great Texas meats, and chilis, all plated on white table cloths. Now Dean, commonly referred to as the Father of Southwest cuisine, receives praise for making most Texans into foodies.

Viewers will also learn of Dean’s legacy of cooking for restaurants, such as The Fairmont Hotel Dallas and The Mansion. This opened doors for him to own his own restaurant, Fearing’s Restaurant, at The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas.
Growing up in Kentucky and learning to cook from his two great-grandmothers, Dean then went on to attend the Culinary Institute of America. Dean’s unique take on classic recipes are for all people who love good food. Be sure to watch this episode and then visit Dean at Fearing’s Restaurant at The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas.


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