John Tesar from "Top Chef: Charleston" is one of the chefs competing in season 14 of the Bravo reality cooking competition. He previously competed in Season 10, "Top Chef: Seattle." He grew up in New York City and is now living in Dallas, Texas, where he is chef and partner of Knife at The Highland Dallas.

Three-time James Beard "Best Southwest Chef" semifinalist John Tesar is known for his stylish, modern American cuisine prepared with classic European techniques, innovative culinary perspective and no-nonsense personality. Throughout his 20+ years in the restaurant industry, which started in La Varenne Ecole de Cuisine in Paris, he has received national nods from Esquire (named for Best New Restaurants for two consecutive years), Food & Wine and The New York Times, has made appearances on "The Today Show" and "The Early Show" and won the inaugural season of Food Network's "Extreme Chef." 

Chef Tesar worked in Westhampton, New York, and Las Vegas before putting down roots in Dallas in 2007 where he has consulted for the menus at DRG Concepts' Dallas Chop House and most recently Oak in the Design District, to name a few. Knife at The Highland Dallas is Tesar's vision of what a contemporary steakhouse should be. Opened in 2014, the chef-driven restaurant has continued to be recognized for reinventing the steakhouse experience. Most recently Knife's pimento cheeseburger was featured as Best Burger in Dallas on The 50 Greatest Burgers list for Texas Magazine and Best Steakhouse by D Magazine's "Best of Big D's" list. 

Always looking ahead for the next project, Tesar announced he is working with Flatiron Books and Macmillan on a book, "Knife: Modern Steak and All American Meats," that will be published in spring 2017.

Culinary Education: La Varenne Ecole de Cuisine, Paris
Favorite Simple Winter Recipe: Squid ink spaghetti, razor clams, baby squid, uni, black garlic and preserved lemon




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Age: ∼58 years old
Hometown: New York, NY
Current Residence: Dallas, TX


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'Top Chef: Charleston' Reveals 8 Returning Chefs — Premiering Thursday, December 1, the fourteenth season of the Bravo culinary competition series will bring back veterans Sam Talbot, Casey Thompson, Amanda Baumgarten, Brooke Williamson, Sheldon Simeon, John Tesar, Shirley Chung and Katsuji Tanabe. Read more...
'Knife Fight' Season 4 Contestants Revealed — Premiering Tuesday, November 10, the new season of the Esquire series features two celebrated chefs in each episode battling it, making at least two dishes in a single hour from a combination of secret ingredients. Read more...
'Top Chef: Seattle': Meet the Contestants — Premiering Wednesday, November 7, the new season features Wolfgang Puck as a new judge along with 21 chef'testants competing for the top crown. Read more...


'Top Chef' Heads to Charleston for Battle of Old Versus New — Premiering Thursday, December 1, the fourteenth season of the Bravo culinary competition series will see eight acclaimed chefs from across the country unpack their knives alongside eight chefs from seasons past, who have never won the prestigious title and are back for redemption. Read more...
'Top Chef 13' Returns to Its Roots in California — Premiering Wednesday, December 2, the new season of the Bravo culinary competition series travels to Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, Santa Barbara, Oakland and the Greater Palm Springs area. Read more...
2015 Primetime Emmy Awards Nominations — "Game of Thrones," "Better Call Saul," "Downton Abbey," "Homeland," "House of Cards," "Mad Men" and "Orange Is the New Black" will duke it out for the top drama prize. Read more...
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