The most popular chefs in town are social media pros with Facebook pages filled with comments from food groupies. The best chef in Dallas spends his time rolling out soba noodles in his kitchen at Tei-An. Teiichi “Teach” Sakurai has devoted his career to providing exquisite Japanese cuisine. The soft-spoken man lets his food relate his feelings. Sakurai is set to open an authentic (and tiny—only 10 seats) ramen shop next. “If I like to make business, [the shop would] probably be four times bigger,” he says. “It’s my passion introducing a culture, not a business.” That’s why he’s the best.
Stephan Pyles, a fifth-generation Texan, continues to develop new restaurants and greet his customers by name.