Number nine. That’s the number of his favorite kitchen song, “Sullivan Street” by Counting Crows. It pairs with the Ozersky Burger. The song choice might be a breadcrumb into the creative intelligence that is Chef John Tesar.
I never met “Esquire Magazine” food writer Josh Ozersky, but his talent to pair, and ability to explain food and culture, will never be matched. That is to say, he was a storyteller.
Like its namesake, the homage burger tells a nuanced story in its culinary simplicity, topped as it is with American cheese and red onion on a white bun. It’s on the menu at Knife Dallas, the award-winning steakhouse created by nationally acclaimed, James Beard-nominated and Bravo “Top Chef” contestant Chef Tesar. (Read more about Josh Ozersky in Tesar’s “Knife: Texas Steakhouse Meals At Home.”)
While we’re on the topic of steak and more, it’s worth mentioning 44 Farms and the locally-sourced meat Knife offers its guests. The aging process is timed perfectly and doesn’t get ignored.
By honoring the food writer Chef Tesar acknowledges the importance of a thriving food scene. To celebrate the chef is to acknowledge the skill, to respect the trade and enjoy the cuisine.
Simply put, thank you, Chef Tesar.
Cover: Knife Dallas Executive Chef John Tesar. Photo Adam Zoblotsky