Dean Fearing (William Dean Fearing) whom people revere as “The Father of South Western Cuisine” is an award-winning American Chef, food writer, restaurateur and television personality whose contributions for the cuisine of the South West and its remarkable combination with the Asian cuisine is much acclaimed. His restaurant Fearings which he set up in collaboration with Ritz Carlton got high rankings by the Zagat Guide( which gets diner ratings of restaurants). His TV show Entertaining at Home with Dean Fearing and his cookbooks Dean Fearing's Southwest Cuisine: Blending Asia and the Americas and Mansion on Turtle Creek Cookbook are commendable works for which he is best known.
Professional Life of Chef Dean Fearing
The culinary profession of the 1955 born Dean Fearing mainly involves working as executive Chef at the The Mansion on Turtle Creek, a high-end and commended restaurant of Dallas which serves primarily New American foods for a period of two decades. A trained chef from the Culinary Institute of America, Dean Fearing, in 2007 established his own restaurant in collaboration with the prestigious Ritz Carlton brand, and named it Fearing’s. He started his career at Maisonette, Cincinnati and took up his second job at The Fairmont Hotel, Dallas. He rose in fame and prominence when he hosted Entertaining at Home with Dean Fearing on the American National Television and his cookbooks, mentioned above, gained acclaim from many. His hotels got top ratings on the Zagat guide.
Achievements of Chef Dean Fearing
Dean Fearing won a number of awards in his illustrious career which are discussed below:
· James Beard Perrier- Jouet Restaurant Award – Fearing was honored with this award in 1994 as the Best Chef for South West Cuisine.
· Mobile Five Star Award – this was given to him in 1995- 1997.
Noteworthy Contributions of Chef Dean Fearing
The South Western Cuisine created by this culinary genius won the appreciation of not only the rich but also the royal and the influential – prominent persons like the Queen of England, George Bush and Bill Clinton being in the list of admirers of his South Western cuisine. His exclusive cuisine is characterized by a rare novelty which involves new dishes made with a remarkable combination of locally available fresh ingredients with ingredients from other cuisines of the world. The outcome of such a combination is often described by tasters as exotic. An avid culinary traveler, Dean Fearing has picked up interesting elements from other cuisines of the world like Thai, Cajun, Mexican and Italian cuisines. He also uses Texas spices like Texan Chilli peppers, herbs, avocado, Jicama, tomatillos, cilantro and other indigenous herbs.