Danyele McPherson from "Top Chef: Seattle" is one of the chefs competing in season 10 of the Bravo reality cooking competition. She grew up in Waynesville, North Carolina, and is currently living in Dallas, Texas.

Danyele McPherson serves as Sous Chef at one of the oldest, most well-respected restaurants in Dallas, The Grape, under Brian C. Luscher. There, Danyele and Luscher focus on bistro fare with a strong specialization in charcuterie. While she may be a relative newbie, Danyele went from intern to Sous Chef in just two years under mentor Stephan Pyles at his namesake restaurant, outlasting four executive chefs and leading the culinary force behind Fuego, a 10-course tasting menu that uses scientific techniques applied to cooking. She has also traveled with Pyles to multiple Food & Wine festivals, executing their dishes. Very humble about her food and always trying to learn more, Danyele has a raw talent that enables her the opportunity to shine. Her current menus reflect her interest of fresh, seasonal, local fare, and highlight her interest in making simple flavors and classic dishes new and exciting.

Profession: Sous Chef, The Grape Restaurant, Dallas, Texas

Culinary Education: B.A., Anthropology, University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill; attended Culinary Institute of America and left for an internship

Favorite Simple Winter Recipe: Chicken Fried Veal Sweetbreads with Truffled Stone-Ground Grits, Pomegranate Gastrique, Pickled Mustard Seeds, and Petit Greens in Sherry Vinaigrette




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Age: ∼35 years old
Hometown: Waynesville, NC
Current Residence: Dallas, TX




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