Fort Worth & Dallas

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At the age of 15 I began cooking at a local eatery in Dallas called  “Daddy’s Money". There I learned the basic skills and techniques as a cook and I soon realized that food was my true passion.  

As I continued with my career, I attended Le Cordon Rouge School for Professional Chefs in California, graduating in 1984 as the top chef in my class.  

At Culinary school I had the unique privilege of working with Julia Child, Wolfgang Puck, Alice Waters and many more great Chefs of our time. They have all influenced the cuisine I bring to your table every night.  I returned to Dallas and held various Sous Chef positions including the prestigious Beau Nash at the Crescent Court Hotel as well as a position as the Private Chef for Laura and Ray Hunt.  

    I soon moved to greater opportunities and worked as the Chef de Cuisine at “Ku” and Atlantic Café II in Dallas. I also served as the Director of Food and Beverage at Bayou De Siard Country Club, rated by Golf Digest as the 4th best country club and golf course in the state of Louisiana.

    I have lived in the San Francisco Bay area, Washington DC, and Louisiana, eaten my way throughout Spain, parts of France, the UK, Morocco, Mexico and the Caribbean as well as spending 12 months living in Bangalore, India.

    My travels have influenced my cuisine which infuses everything from classic and nouvelle French, Spanish, Japanese, Cajun, Italian and Indian, Pacific Rim, Mexican, and of course Tex Mex. When I'm not in the kitchen creating recipes and cooking for my wife Margot and daughter Hanna Lee, I enjoy snow skiing, golf and working on my home farm, growing my own food and raising my own chickens



Central Market

Marx Foods

Real Oyster Cult

Island Creek Oysters

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Notes from people i worked with

“I am so blessed that I get the opportunity to call David Daniel (Planet Chef) my good friend but also my favorite chef in Fort Worth. His work is wonderfully tasteful and majestically beautiful. Weather it’s working with David and his staff on an extravagant event for Jewel Charity or small quaint party in our home, it’s always spectacular. His attention to details (ex. shrimp cocktail made to look like they are perched in an aquarium) never go unnoticed. He has a way of making every event extra special. His love for food, people and life are apparent in his smile and culinary talents. Use him, your family and guest will rave!”

— Michelle M - Fort Worth

“David and his dream team of servers always make our parties worry free, delicious and an event within the event! 

Having David as an active cooking chef through an event is delicious entertainment! And, when you guests happen to eat you out of house and home 45 minutes before the end time he can magically turned what was your freezer and refrigerator into the second menu!

When in doubt, Miracle Sauce , or whatever it’s called!

Perhaps what we’ve learned is to order more food than you think guests will eat, in the event of leftovers you will be delighted. And, at the end of the event your home will be spotless and dishes done.  

Planet Chef is a ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️event. Oh, and his lasagna to take for a weekend at the ranch, with extra sauce will be the hit of the weekend! ”

— Barbara J. - Fort Worth

“Chef David is a phenomenal choice if you’re looking for a personalized experience for a dinner party or event. He is attentive and prompt and listens to every request and detail. We would use Chef David for any special day or event - his food is the best I’ve ever had and he is a wonderful host. He offers such personal service that it feels like he’s part of our family now. He made my wife’s surprise birthday dinner a truly perfect night. I highly recommend Chef David to make your next event memorable and one of a kind. ”

— Trey P. - Fort Worth

“David is one of the most accommodating and creative chefs! 
So much fun to work with and eager to step up to the challenge! His food is delightful and beautiful! 

— Caroline T. - Houston & Hamilton Texas

“Chef gave me and my wife a magical anniversary meal, creating a fabulous menu and delivering incredible plates prepared in our own kitchen. The gift for the intimate meal translated seamlessly with David to his creations and to his serving staff in a fifty person event he catered at our home. He knows his food and drink. He really enjoys sharing his talents. We always look forward to the next occasion with Chef Daniel.”

— Eric L. - Fort Worth

“All I can say is WOW!! David catered an amazing dinner for our daughters surprise wedding proposal. The food was exceptional! He planned ever detail, from wine selections, beautiful flowers placed perfectly on each plate. He will make you event of any size, a night to remember! ”

— Jan F. - Fort Worth

“Dear David, 
I wanted to recognize you for your superior food and service both for my wife’s birthday, as well as our anniversary. The food was delicious and the service of your staff terrific! It was a real treat to host our guests completely stress free thanks to you. All our guests raved about the food and service as well. Please feel free to use this recommendation as you deem appropriate. In addition I would be happy to discuss my experience with any of your potential clients.

I look forward to seeing you at our families next special occasion. 

Sincerely, Jim W - Trophy Club

“I own a bakery in Fort Worth and come across a lot of foodies, wanna be’s, and ALL sorts of chefs in this industry. Well lemme tell you—- Chef Daniel is the real deal!! Not only does he do over the top amazing parties/high end event catering- he also does prepared food for every day meals! He’s also just a super nice, friendly, entertaining guy that is open to whatever YOU want, which is hard to come across in this industry!!! No one else I would personally recommend!”

— Leah C. - Fort Worth

“David is as good is it gets and I now consider him part of the family for his vital role in the proposal I made to my girlfriend in April. David arrived on time and was constantly checking with me the week leading up the the big day to make sure he didnt need to bring anything extra and to make sure he was still good on the menu we discussed. He arrived and started prep and then the proposal happened outside and we came in to a surprise dinner for her. He was a constant professional on one hand, and just a good bro on the other (gave me a spare beer he had to calm my nerves!) When the food came out it was perfect, could not have dreamed it up any better. Chef was polished, poised and professional. I can not wait to use him again and you are a fool if you go elsewhere for these types of services!!!”

— Colt B. - Arlington TX