About Chef Tim Byres: Byres, named the Southwest 2012 "People's Best New Chef" by Food & Wine magazine, is the co-owner and chef of Dallas' SMOKE, Chicken Scratch, The Foundry, Bar Belmont, and SMOKE Plano. Originally from California but a longtime Texan, Byres is best known for his "live fire cookery," worldly and approachable flavors, and fun, family-style service. Chef Byres draws mostly on the regional traditions of Mexico, Louisiana, and the American South to craft his very personal take on forward-thinking American cuisine. Widely regarded as an expert in cooking with wood and open flame, Byres released his first book last spring, Smoke: New Firewood Cooking. Featuring photography by Jody Horton and a foreword by Josh Ozersky, the cookbook reveals insightful information about flavors that are utilitarian as well as unique. Smoke: New Firewood Cooking won a James Beard Award earlier this year.