Get to know me better
I am an experienced and skilled chef with a great sense of humor
I have been working as a chef for over 20 years in high-profile restaurants in Chicago, Orlando and Durham. I have worked in fine-dining kitchens, high-volume kitchens and casual kitchens - but all high-level kitchens. Through the years, I have fine-tuned my style of cuisine which I would describe as highly seasonal, focusing on North American and Latin American fare. I concentrate on highlighting the flavors of the freshest ingredients and keep my dishes simple and balanced, yet well-seasoned. I prefer to source my ingredients directly from local farms, when possible, and have developed lasting friendships with many of the farmers.
I have been featured on the Food Network and The Travel Channel, highlighting my specialty dishes. I also earned and maintained Michelin Bib Gourmand for Dove's Luncheonette, a neighborhood restaurant in Chicago. My friend and mentor is Chef Paul Kahan, winner of the James Beard Foundation's Outstanding Chef award. My time with Paul at the iconic Blackbird, The Publican and Dove's Luncheonette restaurants in Chicago have
I want to personally share my love of good food with others.
For me, cooking is...
Cooking is something that I love doing
I learned to cook at...
Culinary School and in different restaurants throughout the United States
A role model in the kitchen is...
My role model in the kitchen would be chef Paul Kahan
A cooking secret...
Using great ingredient and letting them speak for themselves, also balancing flavors to make every bite as tasty as possible
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 Durham.
I can do weddings, birthdays and corporate events in Durham. You name it!
If you are looking for someone to keep your fridge full of incredible meals in Durham, count me in.
Dennis'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.
Book your experience with Chef Dennis
Specify the details of your requests and the chef will send you a custom menu just for you.