Chef Tom Fleming of Crossroads Diner - Biography

Dallas, TX

January 2011

Before moving to Dallas in 1997, Tom Fleming lived in Chicago and worked under the tutelage of his mentor chef Jean Joho at Everest. After five years at Everest, Fleming opened Brasserie Jo for Joho, which later won the James Beard Foundation Award for “Best New Restaurant.” Directly upon graduation from Kendall College, Fleming moved to France where he staged at Paul Bocuse and L'Auberge de l'Ille. Back in the States he cultivated his career as executive Chef at Old Hickory Steakhouse at the Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center and added his creative influence to Lobster Ranch, Lombardi Mare, and Pappas Brothers’ Steak House. Fleming’s position and contribution to other Dallas kitchens include serving as chef de cuisine at Mediterraneo and executive chef of Riviera.

Though Fleming began with classical French cooking studies at Kendall College, he is part of a restaurant movement peeling off the white gloves, clearing the table of crystal goblets and silver, and putting out hearty, comforting American bistro fare. At Central 214, mac and cheese, grilled hangar steak, and perfectly crisp fries earned him a 2007 Dallas Rising Star Award. And in 2010, Fleming opened Crossroads Diner in Dallas's Walnut Hill neighborhood, where he serves technique-driven, often locally sourced comfort food.