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John Tesar and Alex Stratta at Knife

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EAT (RED) DRINK (RED) SAVE LIVES Week at Knife at The Highland Dallas continued last night with a one-of-a-kind dinner by Michelin and James Beard awarded Chef Alex Stratta and Knife Dallas’ Chef John Tesar. This was the second of five consecutive collaboration dinners for (RED) Dallas Ambassador Tesar, following the first night kickoff dinner with Franklin BBQ’s Aaron Franklin.

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An Evening with John Tesar and Aaron Franklin in Support of EAT (RED). DRINK (RED). SAVE LIVES.

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Last night, “The Most Hated Chef in Dallas” raised thousands of dollars for the continuous battle against AIDS — and it was only the first of five nights dedicated to the cause. As the local steward of EAT (RED). DRINK (RED). SAVE LIVES., a national effort led by Mario Batali, John Tesar, celebrity chef incarnate, graciously exited stage right and allowed brisket Jedi, Aaron Franklin, to lead a carnivorous evening all in the name of philanthropy.

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Aaron Franklin and John Tesar Team Up For A Night Of Beefy Fun

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A little bit of culinary history was made last night as Aaron Franklin of Austin’s legendary Franklin Barbecue and Knife Dallas Chef John Tesar kicked off Knife and The Highland Dallas’ week-long chef series of EAT (RED) DRINK (RED) SAVE LIVES benefit dinners with an epic meat celebration.

The dinner, which sold out in less than 24 hours, highlighted Franklin’s barbecue, cooked on a special tandem smoker (nicknamed “Laburne and Shirley”) that the BBQ king transported to Dallas from Austin and used for the first time.

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Chef Tesar Continues Displaying His Genius

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Jimmy was a brilliant cook. He’d come up with Brendan Walsh at Arizona 206, and the food he turned out in his brief time working there was so good. I’d stay after my shift was over, sit at the bar and order dinner and pay for it. Seeing what Jimmy could do in the kitchen really inspired me; I’d been slinging hash for way too long, and tasting a real demi-glace again, eating new, exciting food, seeing new presentations, made me remember what I’d enjoyed about food in the first place. – Anthony Bourdain, in his expose on his cheffy exploits, Kitchen Confidential.

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The 10 best chefs in Dallas always leave diners hungry for more

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The clock is ticking on our Tastemaker Awards, where we pay tribute to the best of the best in Dallas food and beverage, leading up to our grand tasting event on May 14 at the Empire Room.

We’ve recognized the best neighborhood restaurants, along with breweries, bartenders, bars, burgers and rising star chefs. For this chapter, we look at the nominees for Chef of the Year. These chefs are well-established in the field, not only presiding over a kitchen or a restaurant, but also standing out in recent months for their accomplishments and culinary chops.

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Read John Tesar’s tribute to Josh Ozerksy

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Knife Dallas has carried the tag “a modern steakhouse,” and it certainly offers an impressive array of steaks, listed on the menu as “new school,” “old school” and “exotic.”

But one of the most rave-generating items on the menu is a burger, listed simply as THE OZERSKY. It’s a tribute to Josh Ozersky, the meat-loving — some would say meat-obsessed — food critic that Knife chef John Tesar befriended a few years ago.

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