2018 Talent

Jason Dady

Chef & Owner, Jason Dady Restaurant Group, San Antonio

Since 2001, Texas native Chef Jason Dady (pronounced DAY-dee) has had a vision to raise the bar of dining in San Antonio, TX, to match the other elements of what this top tourist destination and lively city has to offer. He works beyond the role of restaurant owner, applying his family-man values to creating a tight-knit bond with the members of his team, as well as the residents of the San Antonio community with Jason Dady Restaurants. His efforts have not gone unnoticed: He has earned the title of “Best Chef San Antonio” by San Antonio Current and San Antonio Magazine, been honored as a James Beard semifinalist, and has received other recognitions including a“40 Under 40 Rising Star” in the San Antonio Business Journal and a StarChefs.com Rising Stars Restaurateur Award. This year, he earned CultureMap’s 2016 Tastemaker Award for “Chef of the Year.”

Dady first appeared on the restaurant scene of this central Texas metropolis in 2001 with The Lodge Restaurant of Castle Hills, featuring one of the city’s first tasting menus, followed up by the modern American cuisine at BIN 555 Restaurant & Wine Bar in 2004. He then refocused on returning to the cuisine he most enjoyed creating and where his roots are, fine Italian, with the launch of Tre Trattoria—now his flagship—in 2007, initiating the movement for restaurants in San Antonio to create handmade pasta, along with distinctive flavor combinations in authentic entrées. His current concepts include the Northern Italian-focused Tre Enoteca (2015); the family-friendly Texas pit ‘cue at the award-winning Two Bros BBQ Market (2008); the modest, saloon- styled B&D Ice House (2014); and The Bin (2016), a classic Barcelona Spanish tapas bar; along with DUK Truck, a mobile kitchen for offsite catering that can also be found on occasion cruising the streets of San Antonio. Dady introduced the coastal seafood experience of Shuck Shack in July 2015 to offer another spot where thoughtfully approachable food and family fun collide.

Dady resides in San Antonio with his wife, Crystal, and their three children. He and his family enjoy outdoor activities such as camping and horseback riding.