Often referred to as the “Father of Southwestern Cuisine,” chef Dean Fearing has put his stamp on Dallas. A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America — and recognized by his alma mater as a “Pioneer of American Cuisine” — Fearing honed his kitchen skills and has received a handful of accolades, including a James Beard Award for the Best Chef: Southwest. After spending more than 20 years at Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek, he opened his own eponymous restaurant at The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas. You’ll often see Fearing in the open kitchen donning his signature chef’s coat, blue jeans and, of course, cowboy boots. When he isn’t whipping up Granny Fearing’s “paper bag shook” fried chicken, you can find him strumming his guitar with his all-chef alternative country band, The Barbwires.