Popular Dallas chef seriously injured in off-road accident

Kent Rathbun at his home in Dallas last summer.
Kent Rathbun at his home in Dallas last summer. Laura Buckman/Special to the Star-Telegram.

A popular Dallas chef is scheduled to undergo spinal surgery after he was seriously injured in an off-road accident in West Texas this weekend, according to D Magazine.

Kent Rathbun was in Parkland Hospital on Monday, being treated for 22 broken ribs, a lacerated kidney, and multiple vertebrae fractures, the magazine reported.

Rathbun founded Dallas-area restaurants Abacus and Jasper’s, and in 2008, he competed on Food Network’s “Iron Chef America” show against Bobby Flay.

The accident happened Saturday near Marfa, where Rathbun was riding on a Polaris Ranger with his wife, Tracy Rathbun, and their daughter, Garrett, D Magazine reported.

The three of them were riding up a steep mountain on the utility vehicle when the bench they were sitting on came loose, according to Donner Tanner, spokesperson for Kent Rathbun Concepts.

They landed on the ground, which was full of boulders, Tanner said, according to the D Magazine story. Tracy Rathbun suffered a minor injury, while their daughter was not injured.

Rathbun, who Tanner said was “in good spirits,” is expected to have spinal surgery Tuesday. He went on Facebook Live on Monday afternoon: