Chef Ryan Carbery of Nosh Bailey's Prime Plus on Growing up as a Fourth Generation Chef

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Chef Ryan Carbery was raised in a family of chefs four generations deep. As a teenager, Carbery worked for his uncle David Slay of ParkAve in Orange County and his aunt Lisa, who owns restaurants in his hometown of St. Louis. After culinary school in Chicago, Carbery eventually made his way to Dallas where he was sous chef at Lazare and most recently chef de cuisine at Nosh.

I thought you were over at Nosh, so why are we meeting at Bailey's?
I've been here [at Bailey's Prime Plus at Park Lane] as the executive chef for two weeks, before that I was the chef de cuisine at Nosh on Oak Lawn. I was there since the closing of Red Fork in November last year.

Why did you make the move from Nosh to Bailey's?
I came over here as part of a consulting agreement between Mr. Bailey and Chef Avner. [That'd be Nosh's Avner Samuel].

What's the difference between a chef de cuisine and a sous chef?
The chef de cuisine is a title given to chefs that work for companies, restaurants or hotels with different kitchens and dining rooms. As with Nosh, we have two restaurants: one on Oak Lawn and the other in Plano. Then there is Snack that has just opened on Henderson. I was the chef de cuisine of the Oak Lawn kitchen. ... The position is different from the sous chef position because as the chef de cuisine, you are in control of that restaurant/kitchen. You are responsible for the ordering, inventory, scheduling, blackboard specials and plate designs. The sous is the assistant (under chef.)

Obviously you've been brought in to change things a little. How will Bailey's be different with you as chef?
Bailey's is a chef-driven restaurant with an emphasis on steak now. It's getting away from the steakhouse mentality in terms of portion sizes and just conceptualized dishes. We are sourcing as much as we can locally, and adding a little more creativity to the food and elevating the level of execution. It's a big transition though, going from a small intimate dining experience like Nosh to 260 seats here.

What are some of the challenges of sourcing locally?
Consistency. That's a big thing. The seasons are wacky here. Also, there are different levels of chefs. I think most chefs try to do local as much as possible. But, a hospital chef versus a restaurant chef has different needs. I'm not looking to feed someone that needs nourishment to survive.I have people that are paying me for entertainment. I get to be creative and resourceful.

Location Info

Bailey's Prime Plus Steakhouse - CLOSED

8160 Park Lane, Dallas, TX

Category: Restaurant

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supertuscan26
supertuscan26

Where is the mention of the NUMBER 1 RATED WINE ZAR in the great state of TEXAS? Ken Kuczwaj brings a rare energy and true charisma to the Bailey's team that sets them over the top. If you have not been, I would suggest a visit in the near future! Keep up the great work ZAR!

primi_timpano
primi_timpano

You go LDD. Great bounce back from cookies. Interesting that the chef believes he is in the entertainment business. I always thought the back of the house should focus on quality cooking If the quality food is amenable to entertainment features, ok. But I am not impressed with vertical platings, shooters, foams, etc. nearly so much as I am of flavorful foods prepared to be delicious.

Let the front of the house entertain. Let the kitchen cook.

Onelevel
Onelevel

Chef Lyan (Chef Ryan) is the greatest young talent in Texas, bar none.

LaurenDrewesDaniels
LaurenDrewesDaniels

Whaaat? Now, PT, why can't I have a little fun with chocolate chunk cookies every now and again? Bounce back... geesh.

Chef Ryan implies entertaining through great food and an enjoyable meal. The front of the house and back have to be in sync. 

Sec12
Sec12

Ryan doesn't do shooters or foams... He most definitely focuses on quality. He cooks from the heart. The entertainment aspect is more of a monkey dance I would suspect. Like anyone else in any sort of important business.

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