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Palace Arts Center, Grapevine | Brent Reaves
December 20, 2019 @ 7:00 am - 8:30 am
Brent is the President of Smokey John’s Inc. and has been a part of the foodservice industry for 20 years. From bussing tables to running large catering operations,
Brent has done it all. He began his career at the age of six when he enjoyed spending time with his father at their family restaurant. He loved being around the people, the food, and most importantly, the video games. The restaurant had “Galaga” and “Ms. Pac Man,” after all. To have money for video games, Brent’s dad taught him how to refill the customer’s tea and water glasses for tips. His love for both the foodservice industry and video games was born that day and from there he learned how to
wash dishes, bus tables, be a block man (meat cutter), and even coordinate catered events.
After graduating from high school, Brent enrolled in the School of Hospitality at the University of North Texas. To pay for school, he waited tables at The Black-Eyed Pea and Outback Steakhouse. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Hotel &
Restaurant Management in December of 1999 and joined the family business. Today, Brent has won a number of awards including TV’s Deep Fried Masters (Texas), The Cooking Channel’s “Carnival Kings”, Food Network’s “Family Restaurant Rivals” and 3 State Fair of Texas’ Big Tex Choice Award. He has also completed Goldman Sachs’ 10ksb program and strives to increase the awareness of the Smokey John’s brand with his siblings to carry on his father’s legacy.