Top Chef S21 Danny Garcia

Danny Garcia

HOMETOWN: Brooklyn, NY
OCCUPATION/PROFESSION: Executive Chef, Saga Hospitality Group

A proud Brooklyn native, Danny Garcia grew up in a large tight-knit Dominican and Puerto Rican family where food was the focus of every family gathering. He secured a scholarship to Johnson & Wales in Providence, R.I., and after graduation took a full-time position at the NoMad, where he rose the ranks to Sous Chef. In 2016, Danny took first prize at the Ment’or Young Chef competition, which afforded him the opportunity to stage with Team USA at the Bocuse d’Or, a world chef championship in Lyon. The next year Danny moved to Napa to join the team at Thomas Keller’s the French Laundry and rejoined Team USA at the Bocuse d’Or. In 2019, Danny returned to New York to work alongside his longtime mentor James Kent in opening Crown Shy and Saga restaurants as Executive Sous Chef. In 2021, he relocated to Hong Kong to help reopen the highly acclaimed Belon as Chef de Cuisine. Recently, Danny returned to New York to reunite with James Kent’s team at Saga Hospitality Group and is leading the kitchen at a new restaurant scheduled to open in late 2024.