Chad Kelley Named Executive Chef at Cafe Pacific in Dallas

Some folks believe the sweet potato fry was invented at Cafe Pacific. Others do not care.

Today, chef Chad Kelley begins his new job: executive chef at the 32-year old Café Pacific in Highland Park Village. Kelley was at the helm years at The Oceanaire Seafood Room at the Galleria for six years before leaving in November 2009 to open the kitchen for Meddlesome Moth. He left that post in December 2011 and has been very busy: he is a new father to his just-born daughter, Everleigh.

Kelley takes over an established kitchen with a new menu developed by  Gang of Five chef/consultant  Anne Greer McCann and CP’s former chef Bill Trevino, who departed for Austin. Kelley’s got the seafood touch, but we’ll have wait and see how he fits with the  Texas twists, including steaks, on the new menu.