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John Tesar Trumps Competition, Lands on Top as Recent Winner of Food Network’s Extreme Chef
Commissary Chef Comes Out On Top in Popular Food Network Show
Extreme Chef is a show that pushes cooks to their physical and mental limits in the name of hot plates and even hotter entertainment. Challenges include hacking ingredients out of a block of ice, using only a utility knife as a cooking tool, and catering a wedding from the 99 Cent Only Store. Challenges may be tough, but the winner walks away with $10,000 and a new title to add to their resume.
When faced with maniac cows, a deluge of dust, and other mayhem, The Commissary’s head chef kept his cool. Running 10 miles a day probably helped, but so did his experience launching the most recent addition to the popular downtown eatery, One Arts Plaza. The Commissary is known for its inspired burger bar and creative touches such as small plates, lobster bakes and the newly re-concepted chef’s table called “One Art.”
At The Commissary, creativity is king, and that same ingenuity and ability to think fast won Tesar the “Survive the Farm” episode’s winning title and $10k.
“It was a real trip,” says Tesar of the filming. “You have no idea what they’re going to throw at you next—hay bales, tunnels, pyramids, a crash wall, a dust storm. It’s all about staying in the moment, adapting to your environment and your ingredients, and letting your ideas and passion guide you. Also, it’s about not getting kicked by any cows,” he laughs.
That same attitude and leadership have made The Commissary a top Dallas restaurant favored by bloggers, critics, and foodies. Artistry in the trenches may have won Tesar the competition (one dish was ginger-and-duck egg French toast drizzled with carrot and orange juice, whiskey and maple syrup), but it’s also what makes Tesar a leader in the kitchen and in the Dallas food scene.
“I had fun,” says Tesar. “But hey, I have fun every day. I work hard and I love to cook. There’s nothing to it.”
The Commissary is located at 1722 Routh Street in Dallas. For more information about The Commissary visit www.ArtsDistrictDining.com.
ABOUT ONE ARTS PLAZA
Located in the heart of Dallas Arts District at the end of Flora Street (1722 Routh Street), One Arts Plaza is a downtown destination for luxury urban living, business, dining and entertainment. The $125 million multiuse structure is the first of three buildings located on 10 acres in the downtown Dallas Arts District. Restaurants include Fedora Restaurant and Lounge, Jorge’s Tex-Mex Café, Screen Door, Tei-An and The Commissary.
For more information about One Arts Plaza visit www.OneArtsPlaza.com or artsplazaevents.blogspot.com. You can also become a fan of One Arts Plaza on Facebook and follow One Arts Plaza on Twitter @OneArtsPlaza