Danny's professional experience began in a traditional Kosher Jewish catering hall on Long Island. By age 20, Danny 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 headed-up 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 Bruce & Patti Springsteen, Ari and Sarah Emanuel, former Chairman of 20th Century Fox and founder of Pandemonium Films, Bill Mechanic and then-CEO of NBC 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, Bingham McCutchen, 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 critically acclaimed movie 'Chef', as the expertly skilled hand-double for Carl Casper (Jon Favreau), the writer, director and star of the film.
In 2009, Danny joined the International Culinary School at The Art Institute of California – Los Angeles as a Chef Instructor. For 7 years he taught Concepts & Theories, along with advanced courses in Classical European, Asian and American Regional Cuisine. He is also a Certified ServSafe Instructor for Safety and Sanitation.
Danny is a proud member of the James Beard Foundation, the American Culinary Federation, and the Chefs de Cuisines of Los Angeles. His dedication is further evidenced through his support of Community and Charitable Organizations such as the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, the St. Joseph Center, PATH (People Assisting The Homeless), St. Paul the Apostle Parish and Notre Dame High School.
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.