11057835_10153424249247188_227176592747608393_nAvner Samuel, Chef/Owner of the award winning restaurant, NOSH, has been featured in numerous publications including, Gourmet Magazine, New York Times, Restaurant Hospitality, Esquire Magazine, Men’s Health, Time Magazine, Texas Monthly and The Dallas Morning News, illuminating his successful career in the culinary arts

Born in Israel and the eldest son of seven children, he began cooking in a commercial kitchen at the age of thirteen. In 1975, Mr. Samuel graduated from the prestigious Tadmor School of Culinary Arts in Jerusalem. Following that, he spent five years training in France at the renowned La Varenne School of Culinary Arts in Paris and Lenotre Culinary School in Plaisir.

Mr. Samuel apprenticed in numerous restaurants before moving to the United States in 1980 where he served as Executive Sous Chef of Boca Raton Hotel and Club in Florida. In 1981, Mr. Samuel moved to Dallas, Texas to become the Executive Chef of the newly opened The Mansion on Turtle Creek. There he led an award-winning kitchen with innovative menus.

During his four and a half year tenure as the Executive Chef of The Mansion, Mr. Samuel worked with some of the most talented chefs in the industry. Among them was the renowned Wolfgang Puck who served as Consulting Chef for Rosewood Hotels and Resorts. It was also during this time that Mr. Samuel made a splash on the American culinary scene as the pioneer of Southwest Cuisine. He was recognized as one of the “Gang of Five”. This elite group of Texas chefs included: Avner Samuel, Dean Fearing, Stephan Pyles, Robert Del Grande and Anne Lindsay Greer.

In 1985, “Rosewood” asked Mr. Samuel to open their newest Dallas property, The Crescent Court Hotel, where he served on the executive committee and was the Executive Chef. Mr. Samuel later became the Executive Chef of the Fairmont Hotel in Dallas for four years. In 1991 he moved to London to reopen the newly renovated Churchill Hotel London where he created a sensation with his genius menus.

Mr. Samuel then decided to return to Dallas and open his first restaurant, Avner’s on McKinney Avenue, which was named to Esquire Magazine’s list of the “Ten Best New Restaurants in America” in 1993. Two years later he added the critically acclaimed Yellow to his list of fine restaurants. In 1998, Mr. Samuel opened his highly lauded Bistro A, which was named to the Dallas Morning News list of the 10 Best New Restaurants for that year.

When Mr. Samuel opened his “dream restaurant” Aurora, in August 2003, The Dallas Morning News claimed it was the “farthest reaching, most daring restaurant to open that year and Aurora was awarded 5 stars as well as the “number one best new restaurant ”. Local and National media attention focused quickly, with Gourmet Magazine writing that Aurora is “where to eat right now in 30 American cities”, and Men’s Health stating that Aurora is “one of 11 restaurants, worldwide, that mean business”.

September of 2010, seven years later, Mr. Samuel transformed Aurora into NOSH, a European style bistro, significantly more casual than Aurora with the focus being on value. “The best food at the best price….with wine to match” is the intention of NOSH.  The accolades began pouring in from local media with NOSH being awarded 4 Stars and “Top New Restaurants of 2010” by the Dallas Morning News and “Top New Restaurants in Texas” by Texas Monthly magazine.

In May 2015, Avner decided to close Nosh Euro Bistro to spend more time with his three daughters, Atali and husband Tim, Elizabeth, Jordan and husband Trevor, and son Aviel. Although idle hands were not adapted easily for Chef Samuel. This September, Avner will open the doors to his revamp of Nosh; Nosh Bistro & Bar. With a take on his culinary roots as well as tastes of Americana cuisine, Avner is bringing his talent for food and restaurant service back to Dallas.