E-T Staff Report

Area chefs, take note.

Tarleton State University’s Dora Lee Langdon Cultural and Educational Center, along with The Pan Handle and the Inn on Lake Granbury, is hosting “A Series of Remarkable Chefs.” The cooking series will feature some of the area’s top chefs and will be held once per month from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Inn on Lake Granbury.

Classes will feature Jon Bonnell, Sean Merchant, Eric Hunter and Top Chef notable, Tre Wilcox.

“We are thrilled to have this remarkable line-up of chefs,” said Janice Horak, director of the Langdon Center. “They are seasoned educators as well as chefs-that makes a big difference in the type of program we offer through the center.”

While the May 27 class has already taken place, there is still time to learn new tricks in the kitchen.

On June 17, the class will feature chef Jon Bonnell, who opened Bonnell’s restaurant in Fort Worth in 2001. After graduating from Vanderbilt University in 1994, the Fort Worth native taught science and math for two years in Dallas before deciding to pursue his love for cooking. He followed his dream and enrolled in the New England Culinary Institute (NECI) in Montpelier, Vermont.

Bonnell was named the 2004 “Outstanding Restauranteur of the Year” by The Texas Restaurant Association and was featured on ABC’s Nightline in December of 2006, as well as The Food Network’s BBQ with Bobby Flay in July 2005. Bonnell’s has been regularly praised for its outstanding cuisine by publications, including the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, The Dallas Morning News, Texas Monthly, Wine and Cuisine, Savvy and Texas Journeys Magazine.

Eric Hunter and Britton Sweitzer from the Fire Oak Grill in Weatherford will be featured July 15. Sweitzer is a former manager of Michael’s and Daddy Jack’s restaurants in Fort Worth and opened Fire Oak Grill last summer. Hunter previously worked at Lonesome Dove Bistro in Fort Worth.

The September 16 class will feature Tre Wilcox, a personal chef and spokesperson for Chantal Cookware. Wilcox was the former Chef de Cuisine at Abacus restaurant in Dallas and a contender on the Bravo Television Show Top Chef. He began his career at Abacus as grill cook, but quickly moved up to sous chef, executive sous chef in 2003 and most recently was promoted to chef de cuisine where he refined his skills by creating unique and exciting dishes.

D Magazine has named Wilcox one of the “Top Young Guns” in Dallas. He has appeared on a number of local TV shows, in addition to Top Chef, including the Texas Cable News Network, ABC’s Good Morning Texas and Metro and Fox’s Good Day Dallas.

More classes are scheduled for August 19 and October 21. The cost is $75 per class. For more information, call 817-279-1164 or 817-579-1518.