Chef Tre Wilcox looks like he belongs at the gym more so than in a kitchen. If judging his athletic physique, many are inclined to believe he’s gearing up for a weight lifting competition. But he’s not. He’s a chef, one with a laundry list of accolades under his belt. His “school of hard knocks” training makes his accomplishments all the more impressive. Chef Tre worked his way up the culinary ranks through good old-fashioned blood, sweat and tears. He cleaned chicken in a fast food restaurant as a teenager and by the age of 29, he earned a 5-star review at Abacus where he served as chef de cuisine.
Twice nominated for the “Rising Star Chef “award by the James Beard Foundation, which is the “Oscars of the Food World,” Chef Tre was also named Best Chef by the Dallas Morning News. He parlayed his kitchen success onto the small screen by appearing on Bravo Television’s Top Chef season three and Top Chef All-Stars. There was also the Food Network program Iron Chef America, where along with his mentor Kent Rathbun, they beat the team headed by Bobby Flay. He’s been featured in Gourmet, Modern Luxury and Food & Wine magazines, just to name a few.