William Dean Fearing is an American chef known as "The Father of Southwestern Cuisine." He was executive chef for 20 years at Dallas' The Mansion on Turtle Creek, leaving in 2007 to start his own restaurant, Fearing's, in partnership with Ritz-Carlton. He is the host of a national television show, Entertaining at Home with Dean Fearing, airing on Food Network, and author of two cookbooks, Mansion on Turtle Creek Cookbook and Dean Fearing's Southwest Cuisine: Blending Asia and the Americas. In 2008, the Zagat guide gave Fearing's the top spot on its list of the best in hotel dining, simultaneously announcing the Dallas Ritz-Carlton as the U.S.' best large hotel.
Fearing made several appearances in the acclaimed PBS series "Great Chefs" which aired in the early to mid 1980's. He made his debut in Episode #2 of "Great Chefs of the West" preparing an appetizer of Warm Lobster Tacos with Yellow Salsa and Jicama Salad. Fearing was featured again in Episode #11 offering up an entree of California Free Range Chicken with Tobacco Onions. His final appearance in the "West" series focused on his dessert classic, Maple Pecan and Sweet Potato Pie. According to their website "Great Chefs of the West was at the forefront of the new Southwestern cuisine trend." [http//www.greatchefs/dvds/television-series/great-chefs-of-the-west]