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Stefon Rishel, Executive Chef.

Stefon Rishel is an American Executive Chef and popular culinary personality[1] based out of Fort Worth, Texas, known for his southern inspired cooking and colorful mohawk.[2][3][4]

Early Life[edit]

Born Jackson, Michigan, Rishel moved to North Texas in his early youth.[3] Unlike many of his contemporaries, Rishel was never formally trained in a culinary school, but rather was self taught[2] through working with his father in the kitchen[5] and applying principles shared by his grandfather when cooking from their garden.

Professional Career[edit]

Rishel began working in professional kitchens for the Pappas Restaurants[6] at the age of 23 and earned the position of executive chef at Brackets inside the Hotel Palomar in Dallas, Texas[6]. After Brackets, Rishel was invited to develop a new menu of "Southern cuisine for a sophisticated palate" as the Executive Chef for the new Sisu Uptown Resort in Dallas in 2012.[6][7]

From Sisu, Rishel was hired by Max's Wine Dive[6][8] a small chain that featured a chain-wide menu, but also gave chefs leeway to create their own dishes.[9] Rishel was brought on as Executive Chef to open their Fort Worth, Texas location in 2013.[10][7] There, he developed a following with his upscale comfort food developed with assorted wine pairings.[11]

Rishel was later brought on as the Executive Chef for the new 51fifteen Cuisine & Cocktails[12] location at the Saks Fifth Avenue in the Galleria Mall in Houston, Texas.[3] The new concept restaurant featured a rotating menu of cuisine[13] that aimed to be globally minded, but locally inspired.[14] The new restaurant venture received critical acclaim, however Rishel’s tenure at the upscale Sak’s restaurant was relatively brief as he was too far away from his wife and newborn[9] and missed the collaborative culinary culture he found in Fort Worth.[11]

Rishel went on to serve as Executive Chef and General Manager of Texas Bleu Steakhouse in Keller, Texas.[9][1][4] As of June 2018, Rishel has begun representing his own restaurant venture, Wishbone & Flynt. [15]

Awards and Recognition[edit]

While at Max's Wine Dive, Rishel won a number of local culinary awards, including Fort Worth, Texas Magazine’s Best Comfort Food 2014, Best use of Bacon 2014, and Best Brunch in Fort Worth for both 2014 and 2015.[3][2] He also competed and won in their “Top Chef” competition in 2015[5][9] as well as being awarded the Best Dish at Taste of Fort Worth 2015. Rishel has served on the Chef's Committee for the Fort Worth Food & Wine Festival[11][5]

Rishel has appeared as a featured chef on segments for FOX[10], CBS[5], and Tammy Dombeck's Greets, Eats & All That.[1]

References[edit]

[1] [3] [7] [2] [5] [6] [9] [10] [11] [12] [13] [14] [4] [15] [8]


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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Dombeck, Tammy. "What's For Dinner with Doug Renfro & Stefon Rishel". Greets, Eats, and All That. Greets, Eats, and All That. Retrieved 2 January 2019.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 "Stefon Rishel: Max's Wine Dive", Fort Worth, Texas Magazine, 2015, retrieved February 3, 2017
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 "51fifteen to Relaunch in The New Saks Fifth Avenue, Houston Galleria", The Katy News, 6 April 2016, retrieved February 3, 2017
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Jordan, Eli. "Scene and Be Seen -Texas Blue Steakhouse". Avid Golfer. Retrieved 2 January 2019.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 Russ (news anchor), McCaskey (21 October 2015). "Stefon Rishel Named Fort Worth's Top Chef". CBS 11 News Mid-day. Event occurs at 1108. CBS. KTVT CBS 11.
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  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Thorn, Brett (20 August 2013). "The latest chefs on the move". Nation’s Restaurant News. Retrieved February 3, 2017.
  8. 8.0 8.1 Kennedy, Bud. "Once-popular brunch spot Max's Wine Dive sinks into Fort Worth's Seventh Street Area". Star-Telegram. Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Retrieved 2 January 2019.
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 Philpot, Robert (28 October 2016), "Former Max's Wine Dive chef headed to Texas Bleu in Keller", Star-Telegram, retrieved February 3, 2017
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 Ryan (news anchor), Tim; Przybyl, Lauren (news anchor) (21 October 2015). "Beer Braised Beef Ribs". Good Day. Event occurs at 0842. FOX. FOX4.
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 Philpot, Robert (23 March 2016). "Max's Wine Dive Fort Worth chef departs". DFW.com. Retrieved February 3, 2017.
  12. 12.0 12.1 Dabney, Courtney (4 Nov 2016), "FWB Food & Wine: Great Harvest Bakery coming to Magnolia", Fort Worth Business Press, retrieved February 3, 2017
  13. 13.0 13.1 Lane, Jeff (31 July 2016), "51fifteen Cuisine & Cocktails Dine Write", Local Houston Magazine, retrieved February 3, 2017
  14. 14.0 14.1 Levitt, Alice (27 April 2016), "A Revitalized 51fifteen Reopens at the Galleria's Saks Fifth Avenue", Houstonia Magazine, retrieved February 3, 2017
  15. 15.0 15.1 Blok, Celestina (25 June 2018). "These are the 5 best food and drink events in Fort Worth this week". Culture Map Fort Worth. Retrieved July 29, 2018.

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