Meet Chef Avner Samuel


Avner Samuel is an accomplished Dallas Chef and owner of award winning restaurants, Aurora and Nosh. His high energy, unrivaled culinary knowledge, and award winning restaurants have been featured in numerous publications including, The New York Times, Time Magazine, Texas Monthly, and more.

Born in Israel, he began cooking at the age of 13 in a commercial kitchen and continued to grow his culinary skills at the prestigious Tadmor School of Culinary Arts in Jerusalem. He went on to France where he spent five years training at the renowned La Varenne School of Culinary Arts and Lenotre Culinary School. His culinary knowledge was elevated even more when he graduated from the renowned La Centre de Formation d’Alain Ducasse.

During his four and a half year tenure as the Executive Chef of The Mansion on Turtle Creek, he worked with some of the most talented chefs in the industry, including Wolfgang Puck. It was also during this time that Mr. Samuel became known as the Pioneer of Southwest Cuisine, and was recognized as one of the “Gang of Five”, an elite group of Texas chefs that included: Avner Samuel, Dean Fearing, Stephan Pyles, Robert Del Grande, and Anne Lindsay Greer.

Chef Samuel spent many years as the Executive Chef for The Crescent Court Hotel, The Fairmont Hotel, and The Churchill Hotel London, until returning to Dallas to open his “dream restaurant”, Aurora. The Dallas Morning News awarded Aurora 5 stars as well as the title of “number one best new restaurant”. Local and national media attention focused quickly, with features in Gourmet Magazine, and Men’s Health stating that Aurora “is one of the 11 restaurants worldwide that mean business.”

After seven years, Chef Samuel transformed Aurora into Nosh, a European style bistro, significantly more casual with the focus being on value. Nosh was award 4 stars and “Top New Restaurants of 2010” by The Dallas Morning News  and “Top New Restaurants in Texas” by Texas Monthly Magazine.