Photo by Catherine Downes.

Former Dallas Chefs Gather for a Reunion at Reunion

It’s amazing to see the number of esteemed chefs who still call Dallas home.

From Left to Right:  Chef Ernst Gruch,Chef Karl Haas, Chef Klaus Baumbach, David Sokol, Gus Katsigris, Chef Rene Weibel, Lucian LaBarba, Honorary Chef Dotty Griffith, Chef Ewald Scholtz, Chef Klaus, Peter Curley, Chef Bernhard Muller, Honorary Chef Jurgen, Werle, Chef Klaus Mittlehauser, Chef Josef Bucher, Chef Patrick Mitchell, Chef Robert Bifulco,,Chef Randy Gehman, Honorary Chef Gay Prewitt, Chef John Blaze, Karl Kuby, Kneeling Row (Left to Right):Chef Jim Dibel, Chef Andre Bedouret,  Executive Chef Hermann Hiemeyer,  J.B. Blocker
From Left to Right:
Chef Ernst Gruch,Chef Karl Haas, Chef Klaus Baumbach, David Sokol,
Gus Katsigris, Chef Rene Weibel, Lucian LaBarba, Honorary Chef Dotty Griffith, Chef Ewald Scholtz, Chef Klaus, Peter Curley, Chef Bernhard Muller, Honorary Chef Jurgen, Werle, Chef Klaus Mittlehauser, Chef Josef Bucher, Chef Patrick Mitchell, Chef Robert Bifulco,Chef Randy Gehman, Honorary Chef Gay Prewitt, Chef John Blaze, Karl Kuby,
Kneeling Row (Left to Right):Chef Jim Dibel, Chef Andre Bedouret,
Executive Chef Hermann Hiemeyer, J.B. Blocker. (Photography by Catherine Downes)
Bret Redman

 

Last Monday, close to 20 chefs who at one point in their career starred in a high-profile kitchen in Dallas, gathered for a reunion. The event, co-hosted by J.B. Blocker and the Hyatt Regency Dallas at Reunion where executive chef Hermann Hiemeyer and his culinary staff treated the guests to some spectacular food. Most of the chefs not only worked in Dallas, they cooked in fine hotels, resorts, and restaurants all over the planet. It’s was amazing to see the number of esteemed chefs who still call Dallas home.

Dotty Griffith, former DMN dining editor and critic, a chef in her own right, was the emcee. Special guests included chef Pat Mitchell (Dallas Chefs Association), chef David Skokol (President, U.S. Chapter Epicurean World Master Chef’s Society), and Lucian LaBarba, who, so far, has spent 49 years in food industry American Produce Company, Fresh Point, and Ben E Keith.

SideDish online editor Catherine Downes and I were invited guests. Here is a list of the chefs who attended, their current home town, and a list of their achievements.

Chef Randy Gehman (Irving) Amfac, EPC Four Seasons ’85

Chef Peter Curley (Garland) Executive chef Prestonwood CC ’88-’14, Dallas Hilton

Chef Klaus Mittlehauser (Dallas) Fairmont, Hyatt Washington, Atl. Fairmont

Chef Bernard Muller (Grapevine) Four Seasons ’87 Los Colinas, Ivy Hotel, Bernard’s

Chef Ewald Scholtz (Dallas) Stoneleigh the Grape Room, Ewald’s, Winn Meat

Gus Katsigris (Dallas) El Centro’s Apprentice Program

Chef Andre Bedouret (Dallas) Renaissance, Milestone Culinary

Chef Karl Haas (Garland) Adolphus, Royal Oak, Swiss Chalet, EWMCS

Chef Ernst Gruch (Irving) Dallas Country Club

Chef Rene Weibel (Irving) Opened Four Season Mandalay, American Airlines Center, The Ball Park

Chef Klaus Baumbach (Plano) ’72 Twin Sixty, Hiltons, Royal Oaks, Frontier Hotel Las Vegas ‘69

Honorary Chef J.D. Woerhle (Dallas) Ben E. Keith

Chef John Blaze (Plano) Senior living chef, age 92, prominent in Chicago, Hartford Bldg. and McCormick Place, Food service supply and support in Dallas since ‘64

Honorary Chef Gay Prewitt (Dallas) Chefs support and food supplier, Circle of Honor

Karl Kuby (Dallas) Kuby’s Sausage House since 1961

Chef Joseph Bucher (Dallas) Corporate Chef for Marriott’s ‘60’s, Albert Uster Imports, Ben E. Keith.

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Chef Ewald Scholtz, J.B. Blocker, and Chef Klaus Mittlehauser. (Photography by Catherine Downes)
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Karl Kuby and chef John Blaze (Photography by Catherine Downes)
Bret Redman
Photo by Catherine Downes.
Photo by Catherine Downes.
Bret Redman

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