Chef Tom Fleming
Chef Tom Fleming has achieved national recognition and awards for his culinary accomplishments at some of the world's best restaurants. A proven leader in the kitchen, Fleming has graced the pages of Bon Appétit, Southern Living, Gourmet, Esquire and USA Today, and has earned the James Beard Foundation's award for “Best New Restaurant.”
Chef Fleming is the Corporate Executive Chef for the Preferred Restaurant Services, overseeing culinary operations and concept development.
Fleming has been involved in successful restaurants around the world and is known for bringing menus to a new level of culinary excellence.
Most recently he was the Executive Chef of Central 214 in Dallas. Before moving to Dallas in 1997, Fleming lived in Chicago and worked under the tutelage of his mentor Chef/Proprietor Jean Joho at Everest. After five years at Everest, Fleming opened Brasserie Jo for Joho, which later won the James Beard Foundation Award for “Best New Restaurant.” Directly upon graduation from Kendall College, Fleming moved to France.
Back in the States he cultivated his career as Executive Chef at Old Hickory Steakhouse the Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center. Under his leadership the restaurant garnered several coveted awards including: “Top 10 Best New Restaurants in 2004” - The Dallas Morning News; “Best Dessert, 2004” – Dallas Observer; “What's Hot: Dallas” - Nations Restaurant News; and several favorable reviews from D Magazine. He also added his creative influence to Lobster Ranch, Lombardi Mare and Pappas Brothers' Steaks. Fleming's position and contribution to other Dallas kitchens include serving as chef de cuisine at Mediterraneo and executive chef of the famed Riviera.