TV star, executive chef at Oak Cliff's Pink Magnolia is key ingredient in UNT student-run Guest Chef Day

Chef Blythe Beck
Television star Blythe Beck, executive chef and co-owner of Oak Cliff’s Pink Magnolia restaurant, will join the Denton dining scene for a day as she cooks with University of North Texas students on Guest Chef Day at UNT's Club at Gateway. Photo courtesy of Blythe Beck.
Thursday, March 10, 2016 - 10:11

What: Television star Blythe Beck, executive chef and co-owner of Oak Cliff's Pink Magnolia restaurant, will join the Denton dining scene for a day as she cooks with University of North Texas students on Guest Chef Day at UNT's Club at Gateway.

When: April 5 (Tuesday), with seating from 11 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. at the Club at Gateway, located inside the Gateway Center at 801 North Texas Blvd. in Denton.

Cost/Reservations: $10, cash or check only. Call 940-565-4144, or make a reservation online. Reservations are highly encouraged.

Media: Journalists are welcome film, photograph or interview Beck as she works with the UNT students starting at 9 a.m. April 5. (Tuesday). For media passes, contact Monique.Bird@unt.edu or 940-369-7782.

DENTON, Texas (UNT) -- Garlic crusted prime rib, cheddar biscuits with brown sugar butter and Maker's Mark banana pudding – versions of decadent delights from the Pink Magnolia restaurant – will be among the culinary creations of celebrity chef Blythe Beck for the University of North Texas Guest Chef Day. Beck, executive chef and co-owner of the Oak Cliff restaurant, will lead students who run UNT's Club at Gateway in preparation of the "swanky Southern style" luncheon April 5 (Tuesday).

Each semester, the students invite a culinary master to campus to work alongside them as they learn the ins-and-outs of the hospitality industry.

This year, they asked Beck, a UNT alumna with a resume that includes a stint starring in the "The Naughty Kitchen with Chef Blythe Beck," appearances on "Beat Bobby Flay" and a new gig hosting the "Spice of Blythe" on the CW33's NewsFix.

Part of a UNT class, the Club at Gateway provides students in the hospitality management program with hands-on experience in running a successful hospitality business. Meal preparation is a key ingredient, but students also cook up plans for budgeting, employee management, menu selection and marketing.

Seating for Guest Chef Day is from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. April 5 (Tuesday) at UNT's Club at Gateway, located in the Gateway Center at 801 North Texas Blvd. in Denton. Meals cost $10, cash or check. Call 940-565-4144, or make a reservation online.

About Blythe Beck

An alumna of UNT's hospitality management program, Blythe Beck developed a passion for the culinary arts while studying at UNT and went on to become an acclaimed celebrity chef known for creating upscale, southern comfort food. Her resume includes a starring role in Oxygen's "The Naughty Kitchen with Chef Blythe Beck" and appearances on the Food Network's "Beat Bobby Flay." She has served in executive chef roles at Hector's, Central 214 and Kitchen LTO. Beck is currently co-owner and the executive chef at the Pink Magnolia, located in the Oak Cliff suburb of Dallas. She also hosts the "Spice of Blythe" on the CW33's NewsFix.

UNT News Service Phone Number: (940) 565-2108