7 Celebrity Chefs With Restaurant Ties In Dallas-Fort Worth

When celebrity chefs open a restaurant outside of their hometown, they bring glitz and glamor – and green – to the region. It’s important for a city like Dallas, where eating is one of our favorite pastimes.

We’ve already explored the connection between Dallas and Vegas, two cities where celebrity chefs dominate.

Here’s a look at celebrity chefs who aren’t from Texas and have opened restaurants in Dallas-Fort Worth:

australian cook Peter Curtis is best known for his restaurants in Beverly Hills and Hollywood, but he jumped to Dallas to open Georgie, a steakhouse near the Park Cities. Georgie sells one of the most expensive restaurant dishes in Dallas. In addition to being a chef and restaurant owner, Stone has regularly appeared on Masters of great chefsthe Today show and The biggest loser.

Food Network Regular Amanda Freitag co-opened a breakfast and lunch spot called Rise & Thyme in downtown Dallas. It’s tucked away inside the food hall of the AT&T Discovery District. Rise & Thyme doesn’t show Freitag’s fame, so it’s one of those “if you know, you know” things.

Korean-born chef Akira Back has at least 18 upcoming restaurants in nine cities around the world, including London, Bali, San Francisco and Dallas suburb The Colony. Akira Back, its most proliferated brand, is set to open in North Texas in the spring of 2022. The restaurant near State Highway 121 and the Dallas North Tollway will be a modern Japanese-Korean fusion restaurant, like any other.

Gordon Ramsayof Hell’s Kitchen fame, doesn’t yet have restaurants in Dallas, but the CEO of his catering company expects a Gordon Ramsay Fish & Chips to eventually open in North Texas. The British chef recently moved his restaurant headquarters to Irving.

Wolfgang WasherThe culinary empire of has spread across the world. The Asian-influenced Five Sixty was all ours, located atop Dallas’ Reunion Tower. The sky-high restaurant closed in 2020 after more than 10 years as a victim of the coronavirus pandemic.

Puck’s Restoration Company continues to operate the restaurant at the Fort Worth Museum of Modern Art.

Between Guy Fieri's many trips to restaurants in Dallas-Fort Worth for
Between Guy Fieri’s many trips to Dallas-Fort Worth restaurants for “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” and the many restaurants he’s operated here over the years, his name keeps coming back up north from Texas.(Louis DeLuca / personal photographer)

Spiky-haired chef Guy Fieri has restaurants all over the country. But he has a restaurant in North Texas and nowhere else: Guy Fieri’s Taco Joint, inside Texas Live in Arlington. You can also find his face spray-painted on the walls of North Texas restaurants he featured on the Food Network show. Dinners, drive-ins and dives.

(Another Fieri chain, Chicken Guy, didn’t catch on in Dallas. But it was recently featured on a reality TV show where three of the six chefs were from Texas.)

turkish butcher Nusret Gokce opened its Nusr-Et steakhouse in Dallas in 2021, to an audience that loves it or hates it. It’s fair to ask: Is Salt Bae really a celebrity chef? He has 42 million Instagram followers, 150 times more than Wolfgang Puck. So here is. He’s a celebrity.

Istanbul steak at Nusr-Et in Dallas is $100.  When in town, butcher Salt Bae (aka Nusret Gökçe) will slice and salt steaks at the table.  The Onion Blossom is $19 and the Light My Fire cocktail — which is lit on fire at the table — is $25.

We’ve also seen celebrity chefs leave the Dallas restaurant scene.

  • Chief Jose Andreswho we’ve called the “world’s most praised chef,” would have made this list of celebrity chefs, but his restaurant Frisco Zaytinya closed in 2019. (The original in Washington, DC still exists, and a second is slated to open in New York.) Andres does not currently operate a restaurant in Dallas-Fort Worth.
  • Same Excellent chef judge Tom Colicchio: His restaurant Craft at the W Hotel in Dallas closed in 2012.
  • Netflix Chief David Chang opened a delivery-only concept named Fuku that sold some of Chang’s most popular foods. While the sitting experience at Chang’s Momofuku restaurant is lively and impressive, Fuku’s ghost kitchen in Texas was plagued by problems. (Namely: too many people wanted it and too few could get it.) Fuku is no longer available in North Texas.

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