Chef Blythe Beck was born and raised in Houston, Texas. She developed an interest in the hospitality industry working as a restaurant hostess during college. She became passionate about the culinary arts and fine dining while completing a degree in Hotel Restaurant Management at the University of North Texas. After graduation, she was selected for the coveted position of Apprentice to Chef Dean Fearing, at the acclaimed Mansion on Turtle Creek, in Dallas.
During her four-year tenure she moved quickly through the ranks, honing her skills and her determination to make her own mark on the industry. In 2006, she accepted the position of Executive Chef at Hector’s on Henderson. From there, clad in her signature power-pink, she stepped to the forefront of New American Cuisine. Dishing up modern versions of comfort classics with such whimsical names as “Duck Duck Goose” and “A Bouquet of Pheasant,” Chef Blythe committed to change culinary history one dish at a time. Her novel approach, engaging wit, cayenne-red hair, and outspoken passion for bringing the world together through the language of food, soon attracted national attention.
In 2009, while serving as Executive Chef of Central 214 in the Hotel Palomar, she was the star of Oxygen Network’s “The Naughty Kitchen with Chef Blythe Beck,” as part of their “Living Out Loud” banner. Chef Blythe is an active figure in the Dallas dining scene, making regular appearances at events such as the Texas State Fair, The Taste of the NFL, and Savor Dallas. She served on “The Dallas Morning News” wine panel, and was featured in “Spice of Blythe,” lifestyle commentary segments for TheCW.
Chef Blythe supports a variety of charities, including Mark Cuban’s Fallen Patriot Fund, The Steve Harvey Foundation, Carry the Load, the USO, North Texas Food Bank and former Cowboy Bradie James’s Foundation 56. Blythe was named, “One of Ten to Watch” by Dallas Modern Luxury magazine, and “Number One Dallas Chef” by The Advocate. She appears regularly on local Web, radio and television broadcasts, including a guest appearance on GreatDay Houston with Deborah Duncan, KHOU-TV. She has made national appearances on The Today Show, The Tyra Banks Show, Chrisley Knows Best, the Food Network’s Beat Bobby Flay, and numerous episodes on the Paula Dean Network.
In 2013, Chef Blythe accepted a one-year consulting position with MovieLounge franchise at its headquarters in Fort Smith, Arkansas. Proving she can make her mark wherever she goes, she was voted one of Arkansas’s Ten Most Fascinating People, interviewed by Chicago’s WGN News at Noon, and selected to participate in the prestigious American Heart Association’s Heart’s Delight Wine event, in Washington, DC. Upon returning to Dallas, Blythe and partners opened Pink Magnolia, earning accolades as a destination restaurant that reflects her vision to combine urban chic with southern sensibility, and further develops her concept of “sexy comfort food.”
Chef Blythe currently resides in the Oak Cliff area of Dallas, with her husband Nathan Black, who is also a chef. They share their lives with several beloved rescue animals, and pursue interests in gardening, food preservation, composting and recycling. Blythe also keeps in touch with her fans and followers daily on social media. Currently, Chef Blythe is offering remote cooking classes for both corporations and families; and you can follow her Web series, “Let’s Cook About It” on YouTube.
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