Chef Casey Thompson
Top Chef Favorite
Food has played a momentous role in Casey’s life starting from a very young age. Coming from two very different families, she was influenced by both her French and deep Southern roots. She learned valuable cooking styles and carried those lessons in her cooking today. Casey began as a prep cook at the Mansion on Turtle Creek in Dallas. She started in prep in this 5 Star, 5 Diamond property in Dallas and eventually worked her way up through the ranks and achieved the title of sous chef under a culinary Legend, Chef Dean Fearing, her mentor.
After several years, she started her own path as an executive chef at Shinsei, a new and busy restaurant in Dallas’ Highland Park neighborhood, where Casey received a 4 star rating.
It was then that Casey was approached by Bravo’s hit series Top Chef. She competed on Season 3 and Season 8: All-Star show. After achieving great success as a finalist and fan favorite, Casey moved to Napa Valley to continue her education in food and wine.
In ‘10, Casey was the executive/consultant chef of The Brownstone in Fort Worth, which opened to critical acclaim and achieved a 4 star rating.
In June ‘14, she opened her third restaurant, Aveline and lounge, The European in San Francisco. She also has a private dining company in Napa Valley that creates a coursed dining experience in every imagined setting. Casey currently travels and cooks all over the U.S. doing radio, events, and television appearances.