Never one to shy away from controversy or the limelight, renowned chef John Tesar’s life choices are just as daring and bold as his cuisine. The four-time James Beard “Best Southwest Chef” semifinalist and Top Chef contestant specializes in modern American cuisine prepared with authentic European techniques, served up to his customers at his Dallas-based steakhouse Knife. Tesar’s no-nonsense personality and sharp culinary perspective have garnered high-profile acclaim throughout his 20+ year career including national nods from Esquire (named to “Best New Restaurants” for two consecutive years), Food & Wine, New York magazine, the New York Times, appearances on the The Today Show and The Early Show, and winning the inaugural season of the Food Network’s Extreme Chef.
Tesar opened Knife, located at the Highland Dallas hotel, to critical acclaim in May 2014. A reinvention of the steakhouse experience, the chef-driven restaurant features all-natural born and raised Texas beef, pork, and lamb in dry-aged prime cuts and specialty cuts. Named one of Eater National’s “Most Anticipated Openings,” Esquire magazine’s “Best New Restaurants,” Zagat’s “Hottest New Restaurants,” Maxim’s “America’s Best Steakhouse Specialties,” D Magazine’s “Best Steakhouse in Dallas” 2015 and 2016 and featured on Esquire Network’s “Restaurant Revolution,” Knife is Tesar’s revolutionary steakhouse vision realized.
Tesar received classical French training at La Varenne Ecole de Cuisine in Paris. An iconoclastic celebrity of the food world, Tesar came up as a chef in New York City at 13 Barrow St, 44 & Hell’s Kitchen, Vine, and even cooked alongside Anthony Bourdain at the Supper Club. He eventually traded the New York for Las Vegas to work with Chef Rick Moonen at RM Seafood. By 2007, Tesar embarked on another major move to then up-and-coming culinary hotspot Dallas to take the helm at the Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek; there he would earn two five-star reviews.
With a steadfast focus on the future, Tesar recently announced he is currently developing a television show and plans to expand Knife steakhouses nationwide. His first book, Knife: Steakhouse Meals at Home, was published by Flatiron Books in spring 2017.Download Bio
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No one cooks a steak like legendary chef John Tesar. In his first ever cookbook, Knife reveals Chef Tesar’s secrets to cooking the purest, beefiest, most delicious steak you’ve ever tasted. Infused with the flavor of Texas and Tesar’s culinary genius, Knife goes “Back to the Pan,” and shows you the method for cooking the perfect steak.
The Birth of American Food
The Science of Food: Fallacies & Myths of the Beef Business
Check out John on CBS’s The Dish and get access to exclusive recipes.
Read about John’s friendly rivalry with Katsuji Tanabe
Read the Dallas Observer’s write up on John
Read a Dallas Morning News interview with John about his book Knife
Watch as John shares a recipe from Knife with Bravo TV
Listen to John on the Coarse Grind Podcast
Check out the Knife website
Watch John teach the audience to fry a perfect steak on Home & Family.
— Aaron Franklin, author of The New York Times bestseller, Franklin Barbecue
"John Tesar is a true-beef artisan and this book is a fantastic window into his world of explosive flavor."
– Adam Perry Lang, Chef/Owner APL Restaurant and Author of Serious Barbecue, BBQ 25, and Charred & Scruffed
“Knife: Texas Steakhouse Meals at Home is a stunning tribute to steak and the intricacies of cooking cuts properly.”
— D Magazine
"For those serious about upping their steak game, chef John Tesar's debut cookbook offers a crash course. [...] His 'back to the pan' method is a game changer."
— The Dallas Morning News
"A meaty new instruction manual on how to sear up the world’s best steaks."
— Eater Dallas