About Chef Danae McLaughlin
Globally Inspired Cuisine
Chef Danae McLaughlin’s passion for cooking is rooted in her childhood. Growing up in San Francisco, in a mixed heritage family of Filipino, German, Italian and Hawaiian, exposed her to a variety of dishes and flavors. They fueled her passion for cooking from a young age. Her multicultural roots, along with global travels to Italy, Spain, France, Greece, Africa and Peru are infused in the flavors of her food.
Her culinary career began at a little neighborhood gem. There, she held the roles of owner/operator, executive chef, dishwasher and everything in between. She then graduated culinary school at the top of her class and was awarded the Burt Cutino Award. She then won Gold at the San Diego Fancy Food Competition and Best in Show at the West Coast Fancy Food Show.
She joined the Harker School as the Executive Sous Chef. At Harker, she ran six kitchens on four campuses serving a total of 3000 meals a day. She achieved the distinguished credential of Certified Executive Chef with the American Culinary Federation (ACF) along with California Wine Appellation Specialist (CWAS).
She now owns and operates her catering company, Affaire Culinaire. She is also the House Chef for the San Francisco Wine School, where she specializes in tasting dinners, events and workshops that pair food with wine. When she’s not in the kitchen, she cameos as a judge at the Annual Gilroy Garlic Festival. And she even finds time to volunteer at Job Train teaching and coaching culinary arts students.
Chef’ St. Patrick’s Day Specials
Chef Danae helped celebrated St. Patrick’s Day with a delicious 3-Course Irish dinner special.