Chef Tim Love
Chef Tim Love is known as much for his freewheeling personality as his signature urban western cuisine. Love opened his flagship restaurant, Lonesome Dove Western Bistro, in the Fort Worth's historic Stockyards district in 2000. Two years later, Love extended his presence in the Stockyards when he bought the legendary White Elephant Saloon. In 2007, Love opened classic burger joint, Love Shack, also in the Stockyards, and it was another instant hit. Love’s culinary empire expanded further in 2012 with the opening of the Woodshed Smokehouse which was named one of Bon Appétit’s “50 Best New Restaurants”. In 2013, Love returned to his hometown of Denton, Texas, to open Queenie’s Steakhouse, a contemporary take on the classic American steakhouse.
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… His crowd-pleasing joviality is frequently seen at his numerous public appearances, including the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen, South Beach Wine & Food Festival, Pebble Beach Food & Wine, Music City Food & Wine, Barbados Food, Wine & Rum Festival, 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 Bravo’s Top Chef Masters and Top Chef, NBC’s TODAY Show, Good Morning America and The Chew on ABC, CBS’ The Talk, as a judge on the popular series “Best in Smoke” as well as the Iron Chef America franchise on Food Network, and he is a frequent guest on CBS Sports. In addition, he has 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, Men's Health, People, Food Network Magazine and Travel + Leisure.
Love is a passionate advocate for his home state--widely known as a de facto ambassador for Texas. In addition to his culinary skills, Love possesses a savvy business mind with a double major in finance and marketing from the University of Tennessee. As a committed philanthropist, Love is devoted to several charities such as Spoons Across America and Burgers 4 Babies, which he founded in 2010 in support of Fort Worth's NICU Helping Hands Foundation. This is Tim's first year at Taste of Derby as Bon Appétit Magazine's featured chef.