He has graced the cover of Gourmet magazine, cooked on every national morning television show, all while serving celebrities, presidents, Her Majesty The Queen of England and rock stars at The Mansion on Turtle Creek. Chef Dean Fearing, the "Father of Southwestern Cuisine," has been the driving force behind the cuisine at The Mansion on Turtle Creek for the better part of 20 years, cooking for people who love good food.
The son of an innkeeper, growing up in East Kentucky, Chef Fearing was raised with grandmothers that knew their way around the kitchen. Fearing, a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, travels the world, but never leaves his Southern roots far behind. When he is not found in the kitchen, he is often found strumming his guitar, a vintage Fender Telecaster, with his all-chef band, The Barbwires. Dean is also the host of two television shows, Dean’s Cuisine and A Taste of the Southwest, and a published cookbook author. He searches the countryside for inspiration, using all varieties of homegrown peppers, dried chilies, jicama, cilantro, tomatillos, Texas hill country wild game, birds and venison in his ever-changing menu.