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.



  • Jo Bennett

    Congrats to Kelley and I hope they continue to keep the classic perfect menu they already have but embellish it with new fabulous ones….if it isn’t broken,don’t fix it..but new is good!

  • gabe S.

    Hopefully he will improve the lobster rolls, which right now, skimps on the amount of lobster in the sandwich. Copy the one at East Hampton Sandwich and TJ’s Seafood on Oaklawn, another good one at Sea Breeze in Plano.

  • Kirk

    The menu is broken and boring. I’m looking forward to a change. I love that place and have wanted much better for it.

  • Way to go Chad! CP is a lucky pace to have such a cool talented guy like Chad. We need some fresh blood in the HP Village.