Chef Tim Love is known as much for his vibrant personality as he is for his signature urban western cuisine, creating inspired and innovative dishes that have earned critical and popular acclaim. 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.
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 purchased the legendary White Elephant Saloon and then in 2007 debuted his classic burger joint, Love Shack. His culinary empire expanded in 2012 with the opening of the Woodshed Smokehouse, specializing in smoked meats and vegetables, that 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 named after his mother. He opened a second location of his flagship restaurant Lonesome Dove Western Bistro in the heart of downtown Austin, Texas, in Summer 2015, and most recently expanded the concept beyond the Lone Star State to his alma mater city of Knoxville, TN, in June 2016. Earlier this year, Love also debuted Back Dough, a late-night pop-up serving sweet and savory doughnuts out of his restaurants’ back kitchen doors on the weekends. The concept launched at Queenie’s and can now be found at Lonesome Dove Knoxville, with plans for a stand-alone location in Fort Worth slated for Spring 2017. In addition, Love will be setting up shop in Houston next year with three concepts in the works to open at Levy Park, including a second location of his acclaimed Woodshed Smokehouse.
Widely known as a de facto ambassador for Texas, Love is a national spokesperson for Hellmann’s Mayonnaise and Thomas’ English Muffins & Bagels. His keen business acumen landed him a role 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. A committed philanthropist, Love is devoted to several charities including Burgers 4 Babies, which he founded in 2010 benefitting the NICU Helping Hands organization.
Love’s 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. An avid hunter and dedicated sports fan, Love can often be found tailgating in his custom-built Toyota Tundra with his beloved Dallas Cowboys, Texas Rangers, or Tennessee Volunteers.
Love resides in Fort Worth, Texas with his wife Emilie and their three children.