Blythe Beck Wins Executive Chef Position for Kitchen LTO’s Fourth Round

The local chef's impressive career at the Mansion and as apprentice to Dean Fearing has prepared her to run her own concept.

Chef Blythe Beck. Photo courtesy of Blythe Beck.
Chef Blythe Beck. Photo courtesy of Blythe Beck.
Blythe Beck has been announced as the winner of the executive chef position for Kitchen LTO’s fourth round, and Salma Gottfried, an abstract architectural photographer, has won the artist position. Kitchen LTO 4.0 will open for dinner starting Thursday, October 2 with lunch added Friday, October 3. Saturday and Sunday brunch starts October 4 – 5.

Beck’s menu will be upscale southern, and specials will start running this weekend before the Round 4 concept officially opens. “I am honored and thankful to be chosen as the next chef at Kitchen LTO and appreciate all who voted for me. I have missed Dallas so much and am excited to be coming home. I can’t wait to cook for, hug, and see everyone. I love this city, and I love this restaurant concept,” Beck said.

Regarding the early-offering specials, Kitchen LTO creator Casie Caldwell said, “This way the staff will have a chance to practice and the current guests will have a chance to preview what is to come…I’m thrilled that Kitchen LTO will be the place that gets to first welcome Blythe back to Dallas. She’s one hell of a chef and her pink positivity will be a welcome influence with our staff and our guests. We’re kicking off year two with a bang, and I’m so excited for Dallas to, once again, experience Blythe’s food and let us at LTO take care of them.”

Her resumé is impressive. She completed an internship at the Mansion on Turtle Creek, held the coveted position of Apprentice to Master Chef Dean Fearing, served as executive chef at Hector’s on Henderson and at Central 214 in The Hotel Palomar. While working at Central 214, The Naughty Kitchen with Chef Blythe Beck television project was filmed. The show was purchased by the Oxygen Network as part of their “Living Out Loud” banner.
Beck accepted a one-year consulting position for MovieLounge last year, and was voted one of Arkansas’s Ten Most Fascinating People.

Beck recently revisited one of her passions – cooking for a live audience – completing several episodes for the Paula Deen Network. She will also be featured on an episode of Beat Bobby Flay on The Food Network, which will be broadcasted during the 2014 holiday season.

Photographer Salma Gottfried has a passion for abstract architectural visual interpretation. Gottfried says, “Lines, angles and shapes are my inspiration. My greatest influencers are photographers who are masters of visual simplicity yet so powerful in evoking human emotion. In my mind there is a correlation between adventure, a free spirit, travel, expression, feeling the moment and a memory, and of experimentation. I am thrilled to have won this competition and am looking forward to using Blythe’s menu as inspiration and giving diners having the chance to experience my work.”

Gottfried has been featured in a special-edition book published by Mentor Series Worldwide photo treks and her commissioned work hangs in a number of high profile venues in Dallas and Costa Rica. Photography is Salma Gottfried’s way of capturing art and beauty in things that we might otherwise pass by.

Kitchen LTO changes every four months as a new chef rotates in and introduces a new menu concept. Simultaneously, a new artist will implement his/her work to compliment the chef’s menu.

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