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John Tesar Named Executive Chef for The Mansion
on Turtle Creek, A Rosewood Hotel

DALLAS, Aug. 16, 2006 - The Mansion on Turtle Creek, A Rosewood Hotel is pleased to announce the appointment of John Tesar as executive chef. Tesar brings more than 20 years of culinary experience in acclaimed restaurants from New York to California and most recently served as executive chef of rm restaurant at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas.

As The Mansion's executive chef, Tesar will be responsible for the multi- million dollar culinary program at Texas' only five-star, five-diamond hotel. His new menu in The Mansion's famed restaurant will showcase stylish, contemporary American cuisine prepared with European techniques.

"Chef Tesar is the perfect chef to build upon the incredible legacy founded at The Mansion," said Shane Krige, managing director of The Mansion on Turtle Creek. "He will play a pivotal role as we position the restaurant for the next era."

As executive chef of rm restaurant, Tesar was responsible for food and beverage operations for celebrity chef Rick Moonen's 15,000 square foot Las Vegas restaurant, including an intimate 80-seat dining room fashioned after the original three-star rm restaurant in New York. Tesar first joined Moonen in the New York restaurant before moving west in 2005 to assist with the Las Vegas location.

"John has mastered the art of accentuating the quality of the main ingredient through perfect cooking technique and allowing the combination of supporting flavors to raise the overall experience to a level of perfect harmony," said Rick Moonen, chef and owner of rm restaurant. "I am confident that this challenge will allow him to rise to be recognized as one of the finest chefs in the world."

An accomplished chef, Tesar has spent more than 15 years overseeing the kitchens of many critically-acclaimed restaurants in New York, such as 44 & X Hell's Kitchen, Vine, 13 Barrow Street, The Supper Club and The Inn at Quogue in the Hamptons. He has served as personal chef for high-profile clients, such as Giorgio Armani and Mariah Carey.

After pursuing a liberal arts degree at New York University, Tesar moved to Paris for classical French culinary training at the prestigious La Varenne Ecole de Cuisine. He returned to the Hamptons and ventured into his first foray as chef-owner at the three-star Hampton Square Restaurant. New York magazine food critic Gael Green called him "a bright new talent in a city already bursting with talent."

Throughout his career, Tesar has participated as a chef host of special dining events for the James Beard Foundation. He has appeared on The Today Show, Ready Set Cook, Chef du Jour and Good Day New York. He has also been named a Top Rated American Chef in the Zagat Restaurant Survey.

"John Tesar is truly an extraordinary chef," said Krige. "His global expertise and New York roots will add a new dimension to The Mansion on Turtle Creek."


Erika L. Gonzalez
214 520 5846
[email protected]

Also See: Celebrity Chefs Ham it Up at The Mansion on Turtle Creek's Annual BBQ / July 2004

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