Cowboy Chef Newton
HEAD COOK: Mike Newton
COMPETITION: World Invitational Steak Championship
I am a true Cowboy, and I have a passion for food. I was Texas born and raised, and the dichotomy of Texas cuisine with the influences of so many cultures, from French, German, Italian, Vietnamese, Mexican, Spanish, Indian and more, provides so many opportunities for culinary creativity. From chicken-fried anything to barbeque to French sauces, I really can do it all, with my own Cowboy influence.
I am a cattle rancher and Farm & Ranch Realtor, and the opportunity to be featured as “Newton”, the Cowboy Chef on MasterChef Season 8, has opened many doors and allowed me to pursue what I love. I spend my days tending the ranch, peddling a little land, and coming up with new twists on typical Texas Chow, elevating it to my own Texas Cowboy Cuisine.
Some see the cowboy hat and hear my Texas drawl and think I don’t know food, but don’t underestimate me. I’ve worked with such Celebrity Owners and Chefs as Tony Vallone, Jack Baum, and Stephan Pyles, where this drawl has drawn folks into places like The Mansion at Turtle Creek, La Griglia, Sam’s Café, Hampton’s Gershwin’s, Houston’s, 8-0 and Richardson’s.
I suffered a mild stroke in 2015, and it caused me to take a step back and re-evaluate how I was spending my time and the rest of my life. My second stroke just a few months ago has really fueled the fire to pursue what I love - cooking and serving! Given a second and third chance, I am passionate about giving back. When not in the #uglykitchen at The Double N Ranch Texas whipping up some Cowboy Cuisine or working Farm & Ranch Real Estate, you’ll find me working with local 4-H programs, in the culinary classroom mentoring students, or using this passion and God-given talent to raise funds for local charities, with almost $800,000 raised since my MasterChef appearance.
I am a Rancher, Chef, Realtor & Philanthropist – definitely not a one-trick pony. I now live by the words of my late father, Bo Newton, “Do what you love, love what you do, and deliver more than you promise.”