Private Celebrity Chef
An accomplished Chef, Fitzgerald Dodd has been active in the culinary field for nearly twenty years. An accomplished chef in Dallas restaurant circles, Chef Fitzgerald began his career at the iconic Brennan’s in Houston, TX and has since held positions with many of the leading restaurants in Dallas; including Stephen Pyle’s Restaurant, Ferre, Abacus, Star Canyon, Voltaire, Hotel ZaZa, Hotel Crescent Court and Screendoor Restaurant (a contemporary southern concept).
While at Screendoor, Chef directed the overall culinary direction of the new restaurant. He facilitated the development of menu items and recipes that displayed a melding of classical southern recipes with a modern cooking approach. While at this post, Screendoor received a host of accolades and achievements including one of “Best New Restaurants 2009” in D Magazine and “Best Southern Restaurant” in the Dallas Observer.
Chef Fitzgerald has an approach to cooking that he describes as “simple, but refined with bold flavors that provide a punch. The secret behind his cooking philosophy is the countless hours he spent in the kitchens of his grandmothers’ in East Texas. It was there that he developed his love for the culinary arts and an appreciation for natural ingredients such as locally grown produce, game and fish. This foundation, coupled with the great instruction he received from the remarkable chefs he worked with, was instrumental in helping him to develop his local farm to table cooking.
Countless online and printed articles in newspapers and magazines have featured Chef Fitzgerald including; the Dallas Morning News, D Magazine, D Home, American Way, Food Arts, and Visit Black Dallas. He has also been featured several times on local and national TV programs such as; Fox News “Good Day Dallas” ABC’s “Good Morning Texas”, NBC’s “First Look” and NBC’s “Miami Live”.
In 2010, Chef Fitzgerald expanded his culinary expertise by accepting the task of working as the personal chef of one of Miami Heat’s “Big Three”; pro basketball star Chris Bosh. For his nearly four-year tenure with Mr. Bosh, he was responsible for every aspect of the culinary requirements of the Bosh household, including his training nutritional program, as well as, numerous charitable and social functions hosted by the Bosh family.
In the past year, he was recruited to head the kitchen for a new restaurant concept called Ida Claire in North Dallas. While there, Ida received numerous awards including one of the “Top 10 Best New Restaurants of 2015” by D Magazine. Chef believes that to master a craft you must always be willing to explore and stretch the boundaries of its borders, as well as never stop being a student.