Tre Wilcox

Chef

Dallas

After working his way up the food chain at the popular eatZi’s market in Dallas, Tre Wilcox landed positions at Toscana and then Kent Rathbun’s Abacus before attending the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone and Alain Ducasse’s training center in Paris. You’ll likely recognize him from Top Chef (season three) and Iron Chef America, though Dallas locals know him as the former executive chef at Village Marquee Grill. He joined Marquee Grill in 2011, but left in January 2013 to focus on his private cooking lessons. However, the chef says that a new restaurant of his own is in the not-so-distant future.

  • On April 8, 2013
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    What does Tre Wilcox collect from his travels?

    My mom always wants me to bring bells. She collects bells that are made of china. My kid, Alexis, wants T-shirts, jackets or something that says that city on it. She’s got a bunch of sweaters and hoodies that say “Italy” in different ways on them. For myself, I bring back menus of restaurants I go to. I’ll bring back little souvenirs, but I’m not a real big packrat. I also have a very good memory. I could tell you the hotel number of where I stayed at in France when I was there five years ago, so I don’t need a book of matches. I like minimal stuff, like pictures.
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    What kind of stores does Tre Wilcox visit when traveling?

    I got my first leather jacket in Italy this past summer. It was an opportunity to buy something authentic. You can smell it; it’s leather; it’s the real deal. So if it’s something that I don’t already own, and if I’m in a place that is really known for it, then I’ll buy it. If you go to Italy, you’re going to buy olive oil. If you go to Paris, you’re going to buy some clothes. If you’re going to go to New York, then you can buy whatever.
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    What are Tre Wilcox’s favorite hotels?

    I’m crazy about The Peninsula Chicago. I like the Omni here in Dallas — it’s really nice. It has TVs in the mirrors in the bathrooms; they’re embedded into the glass. It’s really cool. You can see a reflection of yourself or you can watch SportsCenter. Another hotel I really liked in Italy was the Rome Cavalieri, Waldorf Astoria — absolutely just sick. It was in the outskirts of Rome, so we had to drive to get into the city, but oh my gosh, that place was ridiculous. The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas is really nice, too. I’ve had some good experiences there.
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    What are Tre Wilcox’s favorite cities?

    I love visiting Chicago. I love the food scene. I’m very close friends with one of the top chefs in that city; his name is Curtis Duffy, and he runs a restaurant named Grace. He’s a mentor, and I go there often to work with him.

    Paris is one of my favorite trips. I love the detail in the food and the etiquette. How much passion they put in the food is just over the top. It’s a real big food-driven city.

    Also, I like San Francisco. I have a good time there, and I enjoy that feeling of a very small, small city. It’s only like some seven miles wide — water to water. San Francisco has a good vibe and feel. The restaurants are very energetic. It’s a short drive into Wine Country, which takes you into another part of the area that’s just beautiful. Coming from Dallas, all I see is concrete and glass. So we go out there and just get that “ahhh.” There’s blue sky, mountains, rolling hills — all stuff I don’t get to see in Dallas.
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    What's the best trip Tre Wilcox has ever taken?

    I just took one to Italy — it was my second time. I think the person I went with made it great. Instead of staying at one place the whole nine days we were there, we split it up. We stayed closer to the main part of the city of Rome and toured around and saw the Colosseum, churches and the Vatican. We did those touristy things.

    On the fourth day, we went out to the Rome Cavalieri, Waldorf Astoria, which was like a spa-wellness hotel and had fine dining —top-notch everything. We got that pampering treatment on the way out. It was relaxing; it wasn’t a lot of work. Moving around the city and not staying in one place was nice. Then we took day trips on trains and went up to Florence.

    Summer is the best time to visit. You can go to places like Florence, where they’re making all the leather and they’re trying to really push their stuff because they’re going to shut down for the next three months. They’re trying to clear their shelves, and there are a lot of specials and sales going on — you can just clean up. That was one of the things I really noticed about a lot of the places we went shopping — you can name the price and they’ll take it because otherwise it’s going to be sitting there. The weather was hot, but that wasn’t any different than where I was coming from in Texas. The food was great; it was very seasonal. The fruit was just ridiculous. There’s no comparison at all to how fruits and vegetables taste over there to here — they are miles apart.