Dean Fearing Does New York: Hanging With Jean-Georges Vongerichten

Badovinus and Fearing lunched with Jean-Georges at Jean-Georges on Central Park West. (Photo from Badovinus)

Dallas chef Dean Fearing is in New York where he will be honored as a “Pioneer of American Cuisine” by The Culinary Institute of America. Fearing is standing in tall grass: tomorrow’s gala dinner will also honor Larry Forgione, Wolfgang Puck, Paul Prudhomme, and Alice Waters. Each honoree was asked to invite a protégée to prepare one of the courses for the dinner. Fearing picked Mansion alumn Nick “Neighborhood Services” Badovinus. On Thursday, Badovinus and his NHS on Lovers chef, Jeff Bekavac, will prepare slow-cooked (48 hours!) brisket tacos (Luna’s corn tortillas!) with New Mexico red chile barbecue sauce and Bosque County blue cheese cole slaw.

After the gala, Fearing heads to Tokyo to create a temporary version of Fearing’s inside the The Ritz-Carlton, Tokyo.