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New American Cuisine pioneer Stephen Pyles is a founding father of Southwestern Cuisine, which dominated the American food scene for two decades.
The fifth-generation Texan has opened 23 restaurants in six cities over the past 35 years. His most current, Flora Street Café, brought serious fine dining back to Dallas when it opened in 2016, and is currently The Dallas Morning News’ only five-star restaurant. It was named Texas’ best new restaurant and was nominated for a James Beard Foundation Award for Best New Restaurant.
Pyles has authored four highly successful cookbooks and hosted two seasons of the Emmy Award–winning PBS series New Tastes from Texas. He was the first person in the Southwest to win a James Beard Foundation Award for Best Chef and was the first Texan inducted into the Who’s Who of Food and Wine in America. Pyles has cooked for dignitaries and celebrities from around the world, including five American presidents and HRH Queen Elizabeth II. In 2017, he was inducted into Nation’s Restaurant News’ MenuMasters Hall of Fame.
Stephan was cuisine consultant to American Airlines for 22 years and has consulted for the Dallas Museum of Art and a host of hotels. He has formed a partnership with Benchmark Resorts and Hotels to oversee their culinary operations and develop new concepts for future and existing hotels and corporate campuses.
A tireless philanthropist, Pyles is a founding board member of Share Our Strength, an international hunger relief organization, and is a recipient of the organization’s Humanitarian of the Year award. He is a board member of the North Texas Food Bank and co-founded The Hunger Link, Dallas’ perishable food program. Pyles has given $250,000 in culinary scholarships in his name over the past 13 years.