2018 Talent

Tim Love

Chef/Owner, Lonesome Dove Western Bistro, Woodshed Smokehouse, Queenie's Steakhouse, Love Shack and White Elephant Saloon

Chef Tim Love is known as much for his vibrant personality as he is for his signature urban western cuisine and quick business sense. With restaurants spanning the nation from Seattle to Knoxville, Love’s roots remain in Texas, where he is chef and owner of beloved Texas restaurants Lonesome Dove Western Bistro, Woodshed Smokehouse, Queenie’s Steakhouse and Love Shack, as well as the storied White Elephant Saloon. His inspired and innovative dishes have earned critical and popular acclaim.

Love opened his flagship restaurant, Lonesome Dove Western Bistro, in Fort Worth’s historic Stockyards district in 2000, quickly earning him a reputation for his fresh preparations of both familiar and exotic meats. Two years later, Love extended his presence in the Stockyards when he bought the legendary White Elephant Saloon and then again in 2007 with his classic burger joint, Love Shack. Love’s culinary empire expanded in 2012 with the opening of the Woodshed Smokehouse, which was named one of Bon Appétit’s “50 Best New Restaurants” in 2012. In 2013, Love returned to his hometown of Denton, Texas, to open Queenie’s Steakhouse, a contemporary take on the classic American steakhouse. Most recently, Love opened a second location of his flagship restaurant Lonesome Dove Western Bistro in the heart of downtown Austin, Texas this past summer and announced that he will be bringing Lonesome Dove, as well as a Love Shack, to his alma mater city of Knoxville, TN in Winter 2016.

Widely known as a de facto ambassador for Texas, Love is a national spokesperson for Hellmann’s Mayonnaise and Thomas’ English Muffins & Bagels. In addition to his culinary skills, Love possesses a savvy business mind and serves as host of CNBC’s newest show Restaurant Startup, where he and co-host Joe Bastianich vie against each other to invest their own money in restaurant concepts they believe will make them millions. Love’s investment in Seattle’s Kraken Congee led to the first restaurant being opened as a result of the show. After appearing on the show in 2014, Kraken Congee opened in April 2015 to immediate popular and critical praise. Season three of Restaurant Startup will debut in January 2016. Separately, as a committed philanthropist, Love is devoted to several charities such as Burgers 4 Babies, which he founded in 2010.

In 2013, Love was one of the featured culinary talents on Top Chef: The Cruise, and received glowing praise from The New York Times, who named him “one of the best” and said “Mr. Love seemed to effortlessly find a balance between passing on knowledge and entertaining us.” This crowd-pleasing joviality is frequently seen in his numerous public appearances, including the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen, South Beach Wine & Food Festival, Music City Food & Wine, Austin Food & Wine, the festival he co-founded in 2012, and Austin City Limits music festival, where he holds the title of Official Chef. Love has appeared on countless national television shows, including NBC’s TODAY Show, Good Morning America, and has recently been appointed as the Official Food and Wine Contributor for CNBC. Tim has also been featured in an array of widely reaching local and national publications such as The New York Times, Food & Wine, Bon Appétit, Wall Street Journal, and Men’s Health. Love also remains an avid proponent of clean hunting and farming, which he implements as standard operating procedure across all of his restaurants. A dedicated sports fan, Tim can often be found tailgating in his custom-built Toyota Tundra with his beloved Dallas Cowboys, Texas Rangers, or Tennessee Volunteers. At all other times, Tim most enjoys his role as devoted husband to wife Emilie and loving father to son Tannahill and twin daughters Ella and Anna.