You'd be hard-pressed to find a more charming chef than Dean Fearing, the man behind Fearing's Restaurant at the Ritz-Carlton Dallas. Known fondly as the "father of Southwestern cuisine," he earned a world-class reputation as The Mansion on Turtle Creek's executive chef. He left that post in 2007 to head his own restaurant, which has been a mainstay in the local culinary scene ever since. He took a few moments to chat with the Dallas Observer about some new dishes, what he does in spare time and what he's cooking for Thanksgiving dinner this year.
What are you up to today?
Well, I was just working on a new song. Later tonight, I'm making the boys an Italian dish. It'll be like mama mia deluxe ... made by some eastern Kentucky boy.
Even on a day off you end up cooking?
This morning when I was making breakfast for the boys, they were like let's have pasta tonight. I should be Italian, I'm not kidding.