DALLAS – January 27, 2009 – John Tesar recently acknowledged his imminent departure from the Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek. Tesar joined Rosewood in October 2006 to recreate the restaurant’s menu and establish a chef’s room. Since then he achieved five-stars for the Mansion Restaurant by the Dallas Morning News food critic, Bill Addison and noted Modern Luxury Dallas freelance food critic Dotty Griffith. He has appeared on The Today Show and cooked for the James Beard House twice in the last year. Under his leadership Esquire named the Mansion Restaurant one of the Best New Restaurants of 2008.
Tesar announced the following today, “I think it is important for me to go on record here and let the public know that my time with the Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek has been exceptional and time well spent. To be selected out of hundreds and hundreds of applicants after Dean Fearing announced his departure is enviable and something I will always be proud of. To be chosen by Rosewood to spearhead the change and renovation of the Mansion was truly one of the most rewarding experiences of my professional career to date. I would like to thank Caroline Rose Hunt and the Hunt family for giving me the opportunity to be a part of the Rosewood tradition; a company and hotel cemented in the culture of Dallas. Additionally, I owe a big thank you to Bob Boulogne and Duncan Graham. My departure was a planned event and one of mutual agreement. As for my next steps, I am continuing to consult on several projects and am actively working on my cookbook. My preference is to stay in Dallas. I love the people of this city and am proud of the five-star reviews I received here. I’m exploring several offers and enthusiastically pursuing partnership in a new restaurant here in Dallas first and foremost. When the lease is signed I will be issuing another statement with my partner(s).”
Tesar serves on the National Culinary Council for Share our Strength’s Taste of the Nation and is the chef chair for the Dallas event. Tesar also has plans to launch a food segment about the importance of cooking with sustainable food sources in the future. Next up; Tesar heads to Naples for the Naples Wine Auction and to Miami for the South Beach Food and Wine Festival.
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