It was the legendary British celebrity chef Keith Floyd who first triggered Dan’s love for cooking. As a young boy, he’d watch Floyd’s TV series in awe. Sporting a bow tie, knife in one hand and a glass of wine in the other, Floyd’s theatrical cooking style was relaxed yet captivating. 

Dan the Man next to the radar hill smoker

Years later, Dan was compelled to give that same experience to others. Mastering recipes in order to evoke that same sense of ease in the kitchen, he set out to draw others into his passion for good food and simple dishes.

Hosting monthly dinner parties for relative strangers – from seven-course degustations to floor-seated guests indulging in comforting Bedouin finger food  - quickly evolved into a full-time gig. The food was forever praised, but it was the atmosphere of effortlessness and joy Dan was so adept at creating that the guests returned for time and again. After many new friends made and countless dishwasher loads later, Dan the Man Cooking was born in 2011.