Get to know me better
I love cooking and have been a chef my whole life.
I am a professional chef with 19 years experience. I have worked in high end fine dining kitchens as well as in home catering. I graduated cooking school at SAIT in 2003 and have my red seal certification. Here are are a few of my best culinary accolades:
#60 on the St. Pellegrino Top 100 restaurants in the World, 2010 Executive Sous Chef Rouge.
Best New Restaurant in Calgary by Avenue Magazine, Avec Bistro Executive Chef 2012.
Best Fine Dining in Calgary, Where magazine 2019 Rouge Executive Chef
Top 20 Restaurants in Calgary, Avenue Magazine 2019 Rouge Executive Chef
#89 Restaurant in Canada, Canada’s Top 100, 2019 Rouge Executive Chef
Also, I recently competed in Canada’s Great Kitchen Party 2019 and received a bronze medal. I am WSET Level 2 certified in wine and spirits.
I enjoy creating custom menus to cater to guests needs.
For me, cooking is...
My life. I started cooking at 15 years old and I have never stopped. I love creating complex flavours and seeing the guest enjoy there experience.
I learned to cook at...
Home with my mom. Then restaurants, then professionally at SAIT.
A role model in the kitchen is...
Dale Mackay, he is a very successful restauranteur.
A cooking secret...
Set your standards higher than anyone else can reach.
As a Private Chef, I can offer you:
Simply tell me what you're craving! I would love to create the perfect menu for your special occasion in Cochrane.
I can do weddings, birthdays and corporate events in Cochrane. You name it!
Because "sharing is caring". I would be happy to teach you all sorts of techniques and recipes in Cochrane.
Trust me as a culinary consultant to help you with your concept in Cochrane.
Darnell's Food Gallery
We all eat with our eyes first! Below you can find a little demonstration of what I can bring to your table.
Chef Darnell's reviews
Chef Darnell was so accommodating and easy to work with. The food was excellent and the guests had the best time! I would highly recommend him for whatever event you have planned.
Brenden - Sep 08 2021
Chef Darnell provided us with an amazing private chef experience. During Covid times, it is difficult to find ways to celebrate special occasions. Chef Darnell exceeded our expectations and worked hard to create a meal that was appealing to everyone that also considered numerous food restrictions. It was a special evening we will not forget! Thank-you Darnell! Please know we will be recommending you to family and friends.
Rose - Oct 19 2020
Darnell was lovely and his food was delicious! He was prompt, but flexible (based on us) and Topped up anything we really loved. The ruffle aoile was to die for...legit,..I wish he would have left us a tub of it! 10/10, would recommend!
Lisa Reinhardt - Oct 01 2020
An awesome experience with an awesome chef! Creative dishes with quality ingredients.
Nicole Silver - Jun 04 2020
Book your experience with Chef Darnell
Specify the details of your requests and the chef will send you a custom menu just for you.