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Chef danny

Excellence or Nothing

danny is your chef in Washington, for hire to cook American & BBQ & French cuisines. danny is excited to create your exclusive culinary experience with ChefXChange!



Private Chef

Summary of where the Chef’s cuisine is inspired from and how he/she goes about expressing it

Duke Ellington was once asked what other styles of music he likes besides jazz, he gave his questioner a quizzical look and replied "son, there are only two kinds of music - good and bad - I like the good kind. I think the same thing applies to food. My food is not specific to any genre, but is informed by a creative process that has been a four decade long pursuit of perfection.

List of the Chef's favorite ingredients

  • all things pork
  • basil
  • shallots
  • soy
  • arborio rice
  • beef short ribs
  • elevated peasant food
  • the next idea


  • American
  • BBQ
  • French
  • Italian
  • Thai

Experiences Provided

  • Private Chef
  • Personal Chef
  • Cooking Class
  • Corporate Event
  • Catering
  • Chef Consultancy

How did the Chef learn how to cook and what is his story?

If my mother is to be believed, the first meal I cooked was breakfast in bed for mother's day... when I was four. Food has been a central part of my life ever since. I hosted my first dinner party at 13, cooked all the food for my own high school graduation party (whether host or a guest, I would still rather be in the kitchen at any party,) started a catering company while an undergrad, spun off a personal chef service while in grad school, and apprenticed with amazing chefs from around this country and the world. All of that being said, my culinary sensibilities are most informed by books.


  • Professional


Speak Easy
Stage (Jun 1998 - Jul 1998)

Studied under James Beard winning chef

Stage (May 1997 - Jun 1997)

Studied under 2 Michelin Starred Chef

Butterfield 9
Stage (Apr 1996 - May 1996)

Studied under James Beard Nominated chef

Big Tony's BBQ
Stage (Feb 1995 - Mar 1995)

Studied under a legendary Memphis Pit Master

Work Experience

Cogito Ergo Saute - a Personal Chef Service
Chef / Owner (Aug 2007-Now)

The french philosopher René Descartes famously wrote Cogito Ergo Sum – I think, therefore I am. Building upon that incredibly elegant expression our playful interpretation, Cogito Ergo Sauté, represents our love for all things related to the culinary arts and the adult beverages that should accompany them.

Notti Bianche
General Manager & Sommelier (Jun 2005-Jul 2007)

Bossa Bistro & Lounge
Chef and General Manager (Oct 2001-Jul 2005)

Sous Chef (Feb 2001-Sep 2001)

Starfish & Coffee Catering
Chef/Founder (Jan 1990-Apr 1999)

Founded and lead a successful catering company focusing on boutique affairs.


Washington, DC, United States
Travel: 99 kms

Language Spoken

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Cancellation Policy

  • Strict
    No refund after booking is made
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