Guest Chef David Danielson from Churchill Downs came to MESA and put an amazing dinner with 5 stars across the board from his starter appetizer to the finishing of his dessert plate. He taught professional techniques of cooking and gave some wonderful stories of his rise to being one of the prominent Chef's in Louisville. Chef Danielson and his staff wowed the guests with their details and description of the food fusions and process of cooking. Starting with his creative take Watermelon 3-ways, and finished with, what a guest referred to as, "The best Cannoli, I've ever had in my mouth" We enjoyed Chef Danielson so much we are already working to schedule him again for all those who missed the first performance.
With over twenty years of hands on experience in the hospitality industry, Chef David brings a wealth of knowledge and insight to the industry .
Upon embarking on his culinary career Chef David began his training at Dumas Pere School of French Cooking and later continued at the renowned hotel school Ecole Hotelier Tain l’ Hermitage in France.
Over the next two decades Chef David continued to develop his craft working along side some of the industries greatest legends, working in North America, Europe, the Caribbean and Asia, South America.
Chef David joined the Levy Restaurant team at Churchill Downs in 2011
Prior to joining the team at Churchill Downs Chef David held Executive Chef positions at Rockefeller Center New York with Restaurant Associates, Executive Chef United Nations Plaza Hotel, and The Palmer House Hilton Chicago.
Chef David’ s expertise extends well beyond the boundaries of hotel and restaurant kitchens in to the world of catering and special events, managing and organizing world class events is one of the cornerstones of Chef David’s career. Recent events include Kentucky Derby 2011,2012,2013,2014, 2015,2016 Super bowl 2011, US Open Tennis,2016 Rio Olympics, 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics, 2008 Beijing Olympics, Chicago Gourmet, Lollapalooza, Red Bull Air Races, Lexus tour, and a full range of large scale off premise events.