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Check out our Rising Starts Area at Taste of Dallas. Here we will feature six of the hottest new chefs in the 214. These chefs have built their resumes in exclusive pop-ups, food trucks, restaurants and their cutting edge creations will be a highlight of the event.

DESMON COLEMAN

DESMON COLEMAN

Hustletown Pizza

Chef Coleman is the owner & operator of Hustle Town Pizza. His food truck was just named the Best Pizza in Dallas by the Dallas Morning News

ROSS MARQUETTE

ROSS MARQUETTE

Smoke & Bone BBQ

DAVE CULWELL

DAVE CULWELL

Burger Schmurger

PARKER CANTERA

PARKER CANTERA

Resident Taqueria

Mollie Guerra

Mollie Guerra

La Chefita

David Leopn

David Leopn

Mas Cabron Test Kitchen

We couldnt host a Valentine’s themed event without a delicious area featuring the best pastry and dessert chefs in Dallas. This area may not work with your Keto diet but it will be the area you are likely to visit twice

Diana Zamora

Diana Zamora

Nena Postreria

About Diana

Diana’s inspiration comes from the flavors of her childhood and culture. She is a self taught chef that has worked with different styles of food including Southern comfort, Mediterranean, new American, and Western Mexican cuisine. Her desserts offer a combination of different textures and bold yet perfectly complimentary flavors that reflect her supplemental experience with savory food.

Zamora is also an active member of Harvest Project Food Rescue, a grass roots organization that tackles food waste issues and food insecurity in underserved local communities.

The inspiration behind Chef Diana Zamora’s creations comes from her mother, Reyna. Reyna was one of five children. She has two older brothers and two younger brothers, thus being the only girl was given the nickname Nena, which means little girl in Spanish. Reyna’s middle name, Margarita, translates to daisy which is illustrated in the elaborate floral decor of Zamora’s work.

Her concepts and flavors are representative of the Central American and Mexican influences of her childhood as well as based on her mother’s original recipes.

Lisa Coats

Lisa Coats

Virgin Hotel

Marisca Trejo

Marisca Trejo

La Casita Bake Shop

Daniel Rosales

Daniel Rosales

Cathedral Bistro

Dave Culwell

Burger Schmurger

About Dave

Dave Culwell has always been a musician that cooks. In recent years, those two roles have switched...now he's a cook that plays music. Born and raised in Los Angeles, CA, Dave was fortunate enough to grow up around a multitude of cultures that lended him the opportunity to learn different styles of music and eat (and cook) different styles of food. After moving to Dallas, TX in 2016 cooking for people was still a hobby for Dave; hosting get-togethers in his backyard was common and he'd serve everything from burgers to BBQ (both SoCal style and Texas BBQ) to a wide range of taco dishes.

Then Covid hit and everything changed- After a thought-provoking conversation with his young teenage daughter at one of their backyard get-togethers , she asked him, 'why don't we do this out somewhere?', meaning to do some sort of popup at a brewery or event space. Dave told her that everyone in Texas does BBQ and not sure how well it would do. She continued to talk about doing burgers and was sure everyone would love them. So they did one and it was a success.

That was 2021. Since then, they have popped up in dozens of locations, had a few residencies (Currently at Craft and Growler in Exposition Park) and the catering game has been insane.

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