Celebrity Chef Judge Tim Byres – Co-Owner & Chef, SMOKE
Tim Byres is co-owner and Chef of Dallas’ acclaimed restaurant, SMOKE. Returning to his roots and the basics of his culinary education, Tim pulled from his experiences of growing up in California, the traditions of the old-world kitchens in Belgium and the front-porch folklore and backyard bar-b-que recipes he found on his recent travels across the U.S. SMOKE is known for it’s slow-smoked meats, family-style entertaining and old-school cooking handcrafted from scratch.
Byres made a life changing decision when he decided to open SMOKE. He wanted to be true to himself as well as his cooking. Byres follows a “back to basics” approach by aspiring to serve all-natural and hormone-free meats, in turn building relationships with independent farms whenever possible. He stresses the importance of seasonal food education by growing his own vegetables in the garden behind SMOKE. These principals have influenced the local and regional community of Texas. Byres has been asked to speak by leaders in the environmentally sustainable community in reference to his “bloom where you are planted” approach to cooking with what is available to us both locally and regionally. The team at SMOKE seeks to adhere to the fundamentals in life – be real, be honest and be genuine. As Byres puts it, “it’s not what you do, it’s how you do it.”
Before SMOKE: Pacific Time (Miami, Fl), US Embassy (Brussels, Belgium). The Rosewood’s Mansion on Turtle Creek (Dallas,TX), Standard 2706 & Standard Restaurant (Dallas, TX) and Stephan Pyles (Dallas,TX).
Restaurant: SMOKE – Dallas, TX
Position: Co-Owner & Chef