Joining as Group Executive Chef of The Big Idea (TBI) which includes a stable of notable and exciting dining establishments including Kinki, Fat Cow, Bedrock Bar & Grill, The Pelican Seafood
Bar & Grill, The Marmalade Pantry, The Marmalade Toast and Oriole Coffee, Boston-born Dan is well-recognised for opening some of the most respected restaurants in Asia including Rainer Becker’s London-based Zuma in Hong Kong in 2006 and M1NT Shanghai, a modern day members club which instantly topped the charts as one of Shanghai elite’s favorite eateries in 2009. His latest creation before joining TBI was as opening Executive Chef at KU DÉ TA Singapore atop the iconic Marina Bay Sands Integrated Resort in 2010.
Dan began his career in the United States at the age of 16. His culinary adventures have taken him to nearly 20 countries over five continents. Besides helming acclaimed restaurants, the enterprising chef also set up Umami Concepts, a management firm providing innovative hospitality solutions throughout Asia since 2009.
Under his leadership, Zuma Hong Kong received prestigious accolades from Condé Nast Traveler’s coveted “Hot List” to San Pellegrino’s “50 Best Restaurants in the World”. Dan is also no stranger to the media, having appeared on Channel News Asia, CCTV10, Hong Kong’s TVB, a weekly cooking segment on China Radio International and was the subject of a 52 minute film which aired on the Food Network in Asia, United States and the United Kingdom. The documentary was titled’ “A Culinary Coup: The launch of KU DE TA”.