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CEF Stories: Chefs Bob Stephenson and Carlos Arevalo

Jul 22, 2015 10:58AM ● By Dia


Carlos Arevalo is a native El Salvadoran that immigrated to the United States in 1984 to serve up a sweeter life for his family. Now 28 years later, he continues to serve up tasty treats for all of DFW.

He began his career in the restaurant business as a dishwasher at Number 1 Pearl Street Oyster Bar in Dallas. He worked his way through the kitchen before taking a position with Macaroni Grill in North Dallas. Razoo’s was the next stop for Carlos, and as he worked his first management position, he became a U.S. citizen. Then in 1998, Carlos was offered a sous chef position at Cool River in Las Colinas, working with Chef Bob Stephenson.

Now he and Bob embark on a new journey at the head of FnG Eats in their hometown of Keller, Texas.

When Carlos isn’t creating deliciousness in the kitchen, you’ll find him being the devoted husband to his wife, Adella, supporting his son, Owen’s soccer team, or attending choir recitals to hear the beautiful voice of his daughter, Amy.

BOB STEPHENSON Chef Partner “G” 

Nicknamed by longtime Dallas restaurant promoter and Savor Dallas Founder Jim White as a “true Renaissance Man,” Bob Stephenson is a man of many interests and experiences. A Texas‐born and raised chef, “Whoopeecat” (as he is sometimes called) is an accomplished performance poet that has entertained around the United States and Canada, zen motorcyclist, supporter of multiple local nonprofit organizations and now the owner/chef of FnG Eats with chef partner Carlos Arevalo.

Honing his skills for more than 35 years in the restaurant business, Stephenson has worked for some of the most reputable restaurants in the Dallas/Ft Worth Metroplex. His humble beginnings started at 13 years old as a short order cook in his parents’ coffee shop bowling alley in Irving, Texas. He was one of the first corporate kitchen trainers for Chili’s opening restaurants all over the U.S. in the mid 80s; worked for Houston’s Restaurants in Dallas, Kansas City and Atlanta; and Patrizio Italian restaurant in Highland Park Village for Jack Knox in the mid 90s before coming back home to DFW at Las Colinas for his 15‐year long tenure at Cool River.

Stephenson is currently developing FnG Eats in his current home town of Keller, Texas with his wife Julie and long‐time chef partner from Cool River, Carlos Arevalo. FnG Eats will be an American grill specializing in comfort cuisine opening in August 2012. 

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