Born and raised in NYC, Dan grew up in a family where cooking always played a major role. Dan attended Syracuse University majoring in Nutrition and Hospitality Management. He spent his externship in the dining room of Danny Meyer’s Union Square Cafe and after graduation returned to work in the front of house until he was offered his first kitchen position as a prep cook. It was USC that opened his eyes to the wonders of seasonal cooking and he spent the next two and a half years working his way through every station.
In 1999 Dan was asked to be a part of the opening team of Tabla Restaurant and spent the next seven years working his way up, becoming Tabla’s first Chef de Cuisine. Under Chef Floyd Cardoz’s direction, Dan was able to fine-tune his cooking techniques, the balance of flavors and textures in his dishes, and the use of Indian spices.
Upon leaving Tabla, Dan was hired by Tom Colicchio, as the Executive Chef for a project he was consulting on called The Core Club. Dan spent the next four years as the clubs culinary leader transforming the way a "members only" dining room was experienced. Dan left The Core Club in late 2008 to join the Jean-Georges team where he helped open restaurants in Arizona, Utah, DC and New York.
In 2010 Dan opened ABC Kitchen as the Executive Chef and while there won multiple awards including the 2011 James Beard Award for Best New Restaurant as well as being honored as Food & Wine Best New Chef of 2012. In 2013 he added another ABC restaurant to his resume, ABC Cocina, leading both Kitchen and Cocina as the Executive Chef. All of Dan’s hard work led to a nomination for the 2014 James Beard Award for Best Chef New York City.
In December 2016 Dan opened his first restaurant, Loring Place which has become a staple in the New York City dining scene. He released his first cookbook, Chasing Flavor, in the fall of 2020, launched Washington Squares, a NY Grandma Style pizza delivery concept and in January 2021, opened his second restaurant, Penny Bridge in the heart of Long Island City. When Dan isn’t cooking, he spends his time with his wife and two daughters.