Volatile, Sure, But Hated? John Tesar On His D Magazine Profile and Tonight's Haters Ball.

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​ The latest D Magazine hit news stands last week with much anticipation in the food world, after editors hyped the cover story on Commissary chef John Tesar as a story about Dallas' "most hated chef."

Before I started, the Observer wrote a pretty nasty review of Tesar's latest addition to the Dallas culinary scene, but still, I wondered: is Tesar really worthy of hatred?

The story opens with a contested tale involving Nick Badovinus, proprietor of the Neighborhood Services restaurants, one of his chefs, Jeff Bekavac, some alcohol and some choice words.

It's likely impossible to reconstruct an accurate depiction of a night that involves second-hand accounts, booze, and where police were called, but no arrests were made. But D tells the tale with detail, quoting Tesar as saying that night: "I'm sure your restaurants are great, but I'm not sure about those white sweaters the servers wear. Those things are fucking terrible."

The statement was a response to a dig Badovinus had delivered about Tesar's past employment. In Tesar's defense, those sweater vests are pretty terrible. Fucking terrible, even. Still, Tesar says the account doesn't present "the whole truth, and nothing but the truth."

I spoke with him this morning. He says he's mostly happy with how the article turned out, but does have some issues with the mechanics of the profile, and specifically how they truncated and used quotes (although he stopped short of giving examples). He said portions of the story seemed back-handed. He referred to a quote from an executive at the Rosewood Crescent who was less then complimentary, referring to Tesar as a cook instead of a chef because he didn't exemplify a leadership role.

Continuing with the any-press-is-good-press strategy that led to the piece, Tesar will hold a Haters Ball this evening to celebrate the cover story. Free tacos, beer and tequila samples will be available to anyone who shows up with a copy of the issue (although you can show up with out one too). The event starts at 7 p.m. and goes till 9 or so.

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J.E. Reyes
J.E. Reyes

WE All make mistakes, some more than others... still I could finish reading D Mag's publication but I still believe in redemption.

Rob
Rob

This article has a great photo!  :D

Auntiecairo
Auntiecairo

Did I miss the location of the Haters Ball this evening?

Voyance
Voyance

Congratulations for the content of your blog, which incidentally isvery interesting toread, go on, bravo.

van
van

I agree with your and Tesar's comments on those sweaters. As for the rest...who cares...bunch of drama queens.

Tim Rogers
Tim Rogers

Correction(s): There was a police report from the night in question. And our writer, Jason Sheeler, reconstructed the events not from second-hand accounts but from FIRST-hand accounts.

Nancyn
Nancyn

Scott,Thanks for the post on our cover story on John Tesar. The writer, Jason Sheeler, spent a lot of time with Tesar and pieced together a lot of interviews in a short space. However the "quote from an unnamed executive at the Rosewood Crescent who was less then complimentary, referring to Tesar as a cook instead of a chef because he didn't exemplify a leadership role" is incorrect. In the story it is attributed to Robert Boulogne, The COO of Rosewood. The 5,700 word story has only two off-the-record quotes.Nancy Nichols, D Magazine

Grumpy Demo
Grumpy Demo

Don't really care about a Park Cities soap opera promoted by a magazine, that's the official publication of the Dallas Country Club and people Wick wants to fluff. 

My comment isn't so much about Mr.Tesar, its about the media world in general, sports, business, politics.

 I'm gonna be so happy when the media's current meme  that "A-holes are cool" is over, a result of the TV fetish for (not real) reality television, where the only thing real is humiliation.

Being an A-hole doesn't mean you're honest, authentic, misunderstood, a genius, contrarian, brilliant, talented, . . . 

no, you're just a A-hole with a good press agent. 

At the end of the day, you're still an A-hole. 

Yeah, I know "a-hole heal thy self"

foodbitch
foodbitch

Anybody have an extra copy of Dmag I can borrow? As a reject, I would rather not pay for it. Out of principle, of course.

foodbitch
foodbitch

It was last night. I was hoping for more hate...  ;)

Terry Nguyen
Terry Nguyen

Actually, Tim, if the writer constructed from police reports then it was second hand information since Nick left the scene before police arrived. Some accounts in your story seem shoddy. Selling amagazines must be a bitch.

cp
cp

Tesar is a spoiled rich boy from the Hamptons, he's had everything handed to him. Why is anyone surprised that he throws tantrums and acts like an asshole AND Dallasites fawn all over him?

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