The news broke earlier this week--much, apparently, to the chagrin of Tommy DeAlano--that former Mansion On Turtle Creek chef Jason Maddy would be at the culinary helm of DeAlano's Design District project Oak. Today, DeAlano makes it official with a proper press release that Maddy's his man. Ahemm:
“We are extremely blessed to have a top tier, well traveled and experienced Chef as a member of ourteam,” said Tommy DeAlano. “Chef Jason Maddy will delight diners with seasonal menus that are globally influenced and have contemporary edge.”
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CHEF JASON MADDY HIRED AS THE EXECUTIVE CHEF OF OAK DALLAS
(September 13, 2011).........Oak, a new restaurant opening soon in the Design District, is pleased to announce that Chef Jason Maddy (formerly of The Mansion) has been hired as the Executive Chef. “We are extremely blessed to have a top tier, well traveled and experienced Chef as a member of ourteam,” said Tommy DeAlano. “Chef Jason Maddy will delight diners with seasonal menus that are globally influenced and have contemporary edge.”
Chef JasonMaddy discovered hispassion for cooking in Austin, Texas after working with and being inspired by some of the city’s top chefs. He then attended and graduated from TheCulinary Institute of America inHyde Park, New York. After graduation and an externship in New Orleans, he spent several years working with world-renowned Chef David Bouley at the Eastern European inspired Danube restaurant in New York City. During this period, Chef Maddy became a rising star whose talents enabled him to quickly elevate to the position of Chef de Cuisine. He travelled around the world cooking with Chef Bouley in multiple regions, including Japan, where he incorporated Asian Pacific influences into his repertoire.
Chef Maddy returned to Austin as the Executive Sous Chef at the esteemed historic landmark Driskill Hotel. While working directly with Food & Wine Magazine’s Top 10 Best New Chef, David Bull for three years, Chef Maddy was an integral part of Chef Bull’s team that challenged Chef Bobby Flay on the Food Network’s Iron Chef America. In 2008, Chef Maddy was recruited to The Mansion on Turtle Creek in Dallas by Chef John Tesar as the Chef de Cuisine and continued on once Michelin Star rated Chef Bruno Davaillon took over in 2009. He recently assisted Chef Davaillon in Graz, Austria in multiple events in the Gourmet Rieze Festival, and he was regularly involved in The Mansion's charitable food events including ‘48 Nights’ for the Dallas Food Bank and many others.
“You want me to talk about Jason? Very simple. He is one of the hardest working, passionate and dedicated Chef I have ever worked with. You don't find a lot of people like this in the food world. He is very open- ?minded. A lot of chefs can cook but Jason understands what it takes to create great food and how to run a kitchen,” says Chef Bruno Davaillon.
Chef Maddy’s journeys have developed him into a culinary force. His innovative drive to create globally inspired cuisine with a contemporary edge that remains simple, elegant and stylish, positions Chef Maddy perfectly as the Executive Chef of Oak.
Seasoned restaurant operator Tommy DeAlano along with his partners Richard & Tiffanee Ellman are opening a new addition to the burgeoning Design District in Dallas. Combining creative design elements with an energized ambience, “Oak” located at 1628 Oak Lawn Avenue will deliver an inviting, gourmet dining experience that is sophisticated yet approachable. Seasonal menus will be globally influenced and have a contemporary edge. A concept filled with special touches, the Oak team will provide more details as the Fall opening approaches. Information updated as soon as available on www.oakdallas.com.
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