Chef Dan is self taught and has learned everything he knows through experimentation and getting to know what good ingredients are from an early age. Starting his love affair with food in his mum’s kitchen, he would often make dinner for his family, testing new culinary innovations out on them. His mum was his biggest champion and encouraged his passion for cooking, allowing him free reign in her kitchen and letting her son find his way in what is now a successful career.
At the age of 16, Dan got himself his first job as a Kitchen Porter and was immersed into the realities of a busy working kitchen. Soaking up everything he could and watching how the professionals cooked en masse and to strict timings, Dan soon found himself being thrown in at the deep end when the Head Chef was struck down with the world’s worst hangover. Unable to do much other than sit on a stool and feel sorry for himself, Dan stepped in and helped the poor guy out. Fooling the manager, making him believe the Head Chef was preparing and serving that night’s menu, Dan managed to pull off the illusion of his life.
Getting wind of Dan’s natural talent and ability to step up to the plate, the restaurant’s manager asked him to chef and lead consequent services. Taking charge, finessing his timings and continuing to develop his cooking skills, a career and deeply cemented passion for food was forged.
Having a natural interest in health, nutrition and fitness, Dan added to his repertoire and began working as a personal trainer, which gave him the opportunity to create his own menus for people who were looking to improve their nutrition as well as their fitness. At the time, Dan was on his own weight loss journey and soon realised that the skills and knowledge he had acquired, along with his natural entrepreneurial qualities, there was an opportunity for him to branch out further.