The Curious Traveller
Daniele’s training and experience has taught him to think critically about food and gastronomy. With the belief that there’s a story behind every dish and every ingredient has a life and soul, he set out on a journey of discovery. From neighbouring regions in Italy, Daniele made his way to the rest of Europe and then the world. During his travels, he worked in many restaurants alongside other chefs and restaurateurs who were equally passionate about elevating the dining experience. He also visited farms and artisan food centres to better understand their roots, processes, trends and impacts on the global food industry. In the process, he learnt about the traditions and how the unique cooking styles of each country brings out flavours in unexpected ways. And with each new discovery, his gastronomic experience and knowledge grew.
In 2006, Daniele secured a job as the Executive Sous Chef at the Castello Banfi Restaurant, which is also the biggest winery in Italy. During those two years, Daniele gathered immeasurable experience in wine and food pairing. And in 2008, he was certified as a Professional Wine and Spirit Sommelier by the Association Italian Sommelier (AIS) in Florence, Italy. But Daniele was far from finished.
While in the US, he volunteered with CISP Guatemala International Committee for People Development, a non-profit organisation, developing cooking activities to enrich the lives of the indigenous community in central Guatemala.
Since then, Daniele has travelled to Asia, China, Japan, Indochina, Australia, New Zealand and the Middle East, meeting other inspired and passionate individuals and learning about their food history and culture.