Heritage. Hospitality. Heart.

Fox Hill is the definition of a passion project for owner John Hirschi​.  A man of vision, Mr. Hirschi, saw the potential in this place long before any one else could catch a glimpse.  Combining many of his lifelong pursuits in Fox Hill, John has crafted a place the exudes comfortable hospitality and  authenticity.

The property is home to 8 acres and features many terraced gardens and raised beds of our own cultivation.  As an avid organic gardener for over 50 years, John has infused his attention to detail into each and every aspect of the grounds.  His dedication to sustainability and the environment is reflected in the holistic farming practices implemented.

While undertaking the restoration of the original house, John intentionally kept the soul of the old bones while expanding it to fit the needs of a modern kitchen.  He worked with local artist and designer Pam Moller to honor the architectural charm and enhance the aesthetics.  Such details can be seen in the handcrafted ceramics on the fireplace hearth, the stunning stained glass in the foyer, and the painstakingly matched crown molding throughout the restaurant.

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OWNER JOHN HIRSCHI

CHEF ANAND

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Chef Anand is a Wichita Falls native who brings extensive culinary knowledge and experience.  Anand was raised in Wichita Falls, and is the son of the late Dr. C.P. Murthy and Dr. Rajani Chaturvedula.  He attended the WFISD, and graduated valedictorian of S.H. Rider's class of 1998.  For college, Chef Anand attended the University of Michigan, and graduated  in 2002 with a Bachelor's of Arts degree in English, Language, and Literature.  In a nutshell, he is one smart cookie, but lucky for our palettes, his love of food won out!

In 2006, he graduated from Johnson & Wales University in Denver with an Associate's degree in Applied Sciences of Culinary Arts as well as a Bachelor's degree in Foodservice Management.  Upon attaining his degrees, Chef Anand completed a working internship at 240 Union in Lakewood, Colorado.  Under the tutelage of Executive Chef/Owner Matthew Franklin, Chef Anand quickly made his ascent up the culinary hierarchy, attaining the title of Executive Chef in 2007.  For the next 12 years, he was responsible for seasonal menu creation and the all-encompassing kitchen operations.  During this time, Chef Anand honed his knowledge of international cuisine while focusing on locally sourced ingredients.

Throughout his career, Chef Anand has made it a priority to forge relationships with local farmers and cultivators in an attempt to create a menu that reflects regionality and sustainability. 

CHEF SHAWN SHARIF

Many of our guests are very familiar with our General Manager, Shawn Sharif.  Shawn has been a fixture in North Texas for more than 30 years.  With extensive experience at both the Wichita Falls Country Club and Graham Country Club, he is intimately aware of both the ongoings in the kitchen and the front of house.  Shawn is always quick with a smile and enjoys interacting with our guests as much as possible. 

 

Shawn was born in Iran, and came to the United States as a young man in 1975.  He attended Midwestern State University and received his MBA in 1979. Shawn has served in every role from Executive Chef, Food & Beverage Manager, Kitchen Manager to Baker.  Shawn has been with Fox Hill since the very beginning, and we could not be more appreciative of his guidance throughout the past five years.  We could not have withstood the trials of the devastating damage from the winter storm in Feb 2021 and subsequent remodel without Shawn at the helm.  Shawn has one daughter, Yasamin, who he is immensely proud of and was recently married. 

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