Dean Fearing will receive an "Pioneer of American Cuisine" award from the Culinary Institute of America in March.
Fearing, along with peers Larry Forgione, Wolfgang Puck, Paul Prudhomme, and Alice Waters, will be recognized by the CIA during their 2012 Leadership Awards Galas on March 29 in New York.
“I am thrilled and so grateful to be selected for this amazing award and, especially, to be included alongside names like Alice Waters, Wolfgang Puck, Paul Prudhomme and Larry Forgione,” said Dean Fearing in a press release. “I benefited tremendously from the education I received at CIA, and I hope that many aspiring young chefs will benefit from the scholarship funds to be raised on this upcoming evening. There’s no better way to learn the art of food than at this remarkable institution.”
Right after the gala, Fearing will travel to Japan to recreate his Dallas spot, Fearing's Restaurant, inside the Towers Grill at The Ritz-Carlton, Tokyo. Recipes from Fearing will be featured from April 2-6 at the hotel, with Fearing himself on site to welcome guests.
Then it's back to Dallas in time for the traditional Easter Brunch at Fearing's in The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas. That brunch will run from 11:15 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sunday, April 8. Reservations are available at 214-922-4848.