The Talent

Blythe Beck

Upscale Southern Comfort

With an engaging wit, earthy zest, and cayenne-red hair, Blythe is passionate about creating dishes with tastes and textures that not only please the eye and the palate, but the soul.

I am a strong powerful woman dressed in pink in a messy male dominated career!!!
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The Dish:

Hometown: Houston, Texas 

- Culinary Training:   The University of North Texas - Hotel Restaurant Management

Q & A With Chef Blythe Beck

Q: Rate your cooking skills from a scale of 1-10 (10 being the highest) and why?

A: 10.  I would rate my food out a 10 out of 10. I have been trained by the best chef in the world and I love what I do for a living!!!    

Q: Tell us about the moment you fell in love with food:

A: I fell in love with food the minute I made a biscuit in my very first food prep class in college. I found something that I was good at and it was love at first bite!!    

Q:  How would you describe your food philosophy or point of view?

A: My food philosophy is based in sharing. I feel like I have the greatest job in the world. I get to play with food for a living and get paid for it. I want my food to bring people around a table, share moments, make memories, and feel a part of something. I feel like it's an honor every time someone chooses my food.        

Q: If you were chosen to run our restaurant for four (4) months, how would you describe your menu concept (ie: modern American, Asian fusion, etc)?

A: Upscale Southern.  I'm passionate about creating dishes with tastes and textures that not only please the eye and the palate, but the soul.     

Q: What is the hardest cooking situation you have ever been in? Have you ever had a disaster in the kitchen? How did you recover?

A: I have been in many difficult situations in the kitchen. My philosophy is keep cooking through it. The shift has to end eventually!!! Keep cool, keep cooking, and keep calm!!   

Q: What are your strengths in the kitchen?

A: My strengths are being able to create dishes on the fly, and the challenge of cooking for guests who have special requests.  

Q: Do you have a favorite chef? If so, list whom and why:

A: My favorite chef by far is Chef Dean Fearing. He raised me in the kitchen, he gave me a chance when I knew nothing and he made me the chef I am today.     

Salma Gottfried

Richards Lerma - Dallas, TX

Photographer with a passion for abstract architectural visual interpretation.

Background:

What started out as a hobby became a life-changing vocation.  Equipped with a Canon camera and a nomadic calling to explore the world, what Salma saw and captured resulted in an epiphany. With an eye for composition, lighting and the quirky, Salma brings an abstract perspective to her visual art that ranges from inspiring to unexpected. Salma has been been featured in a special-edition book published by Mentor Series Worldwide photo treks and her commissioned work hangs in a number of high profile venues in Dallas and Costa Rica. Photography is Salma's way of capturing art and beauty in things that we might otherwise pass by.

Q & A with Artist/Photographer Salma Gottfried

Q: Rate your artistic skills on a scale of 1-10 (10 being the highest) and why?

A:   The skill and eye of an artist photographer are constantly evolving, so while I would say I have a good eye for photography, there is much more to learn, experiment with, and create.  It's hard to pin-point my skill on a scale-not a 10 yet, but perhaps getting close. I’m in love with the journey.  

Q: Who or what is your greatest design influence and why?

A:  Lines, angles, shapes are my inspiration.  My greatest influencers are photographers who are masters of visual simplicity yet so powerful in evoking human emotion.

Q:  How did you get started in your work and what is your earliest memory of wanting to work as an artist?

A:  In my mind there is a correlation between adventure, a free spirit, travel, expression, feeling the moment and a memory, and of experimentation. My past, like today, is a reflection of all of the above. I am intrigued by the idea of drawing emotion from others by a visual representation of my experiences. We are all creative- my stages of expression have been: taking dance classes when I was young; being a dance major at SMU and dancing at the Meadows School of the Arts and with the Dallas opera.  I then evolved from a physical body of expression to a visual medium-photography-as a form of personal expression. 

Q: What is your unique art point of view?

A: I am a photographer with a passion for abstract architectural visual interpretation.  

Q: What are your favorite art or design styles and why?  

A: I am drawn to color, the unexpected, the revelation of a moment or experience, or of memories recalled. Simple lines, open spaces, and the less obvious.    
 

Q: How would you describe your personal design style, your signature "look?"

A: Abstract architectural photography.