Professional Chef, Caterer and Culinary Instructor
Danny's experience began in a traditional Kosher Jewish catering hall on Long Island. By age 20, he had moved up to Executive chef at a beach-front Hampton's Resort. Danny received his formal education at the renowned Johnson and Wales Culinary School in Providence, Rhode Island, and via a fellowship to the Montreaux Hotel School in Switzerland. Upon graduation from J&W with a Bachelor's degree in Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management, Danny led the Presentation Dining Group offered exclusively to the high-end clients of Grey Advertising in Manhattan.
Danny relocated in 1988 from NY to LA to work at the prestigious Beverly Hills eatery, The Grill on the Alley. This put Danny on the ground floor of a tremendous opportunity…the launch of The Daily Grill chain. As Head Chef, he opened three Daily Grill locations, until he returned to The Grill on the Alley as Executive Chef, managing all aspects of the premiere restaurant.
After seven years with Grill Concepts, Danny ventured out on his own. He quickly became one of Beverly Hills' best kept secrets as the personal chef and private caterer for some of the entertainment industry's top names including Ari Emanuel, former Chairman of 20th Century Fox and founder of Pandemonium Films, Bill Mechanic, Bruce & Patti Springsteen, and Jeff Zucker, to name just a few. He has catered events for the Royal Danish Consulate, the British Embassy, Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. Danny’s exclusive Harold Catering has been the first-choice caterer for such high-profile companies as William Morris Endeavor, Warner Brothers Records, Sony Pictures, ABC Television, Playboy Enterprises, Manulife Financial, The Irvine Company and many others. Danny has appeared on multiple episodes of Lifetime's hit show "Operation Style", the USA Network's "Before and After'noon" and various DIY Network Food Specials. Additionally, Danny is prominently featured in the movie ‘Chef’, as the expertly skilled hand-double for Carl Casper (Jon Favreau), the writer, director and star of the film.
In 2009, Danny began teaching at the International Culinary School at The Art Institute of California in Los Angeles. Through 2016 he taught Concepts & Theories, Classical European, American Regional, Latin, Asian-Pacific and Mediterranean Cuisines. In 2017 Danny joined the team at the Hospitality Training Academy (HTA) as a Chef Instructor. For this unique non-profit, Danny has developed courses across various skill levels for both Culinary (vegan/vegetarian, classic sauces, eggs/dairy, baking theory, seafood skills, etc.) and Food Service Industry disclipines (knife skills, kitchen math, server/steward training and customer service.) Danny is also a fully Certified ServSafe Instructor, Trainer & Proctor (including Covid Protocols.)
Danny is a proud member of the James Beard Foundation, the American Culinary Federation, and the Chefs de Cuisines of Los Angeles. He actively supports Community & Charitable Organizations such as the Alzheimer’s Association, PATH (People Assisting The Homeless), MEND (Meet Each Need with Dignity), St. Paul the Apostle Parish and the Mission Doctors Association.
And, at the end of his busy days, Danny still enjoys cooking at home for his wife and three children.....it is simply his passion.....it is simply who he is.