Daniel Patterson is a chef, restaurateur, and food writer. Born in Massachusetts, Patterson moved to California in 1989. In 1994, when he was 25 years old, he opened his first restaurant in Sonoma, Babette’s. In 2000, he opened Elisabeth Daniel in San Francisco, and it was nominated “Best New Restaurant” by the James Beard Foundation in 2001.
Patterson’s restaurant group, DPG, now oversees four locations: Coi (2006) and Alta CA (2013) in San Francisco, Plum Bar & Restaurant (2010) and Haven (2011) in Oakland. His flagship, two Michelin star restaurant, Coi, mixes modern culinary techniques with local ingredients to create dishes that speak of place, memory and emotion. This approach has earned him a worldwide reputation as a pioneer of a new kind of California cuisine. Patterson is also the co-founder of The Cooking Project, a non-profit, community-based organization dedicated to teaching kids and young adults fundamental cooking skills. Most recently, Patterson has teamed up with LA chef Roy Choi (Kogi, Pot, and Commissary) to launch a fast-food chain called Loco’l. Loco’l “aims to supplant the fast-food chains and convenience stores that separate our youth from the taste of real food.” The first outpost will open in San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood in spring 2015 followed by a second location in LA. The duo plans on rolling out additional locations in food deserts first across California and then across the US.
Patterson has received numerous awards and accolades, including “Best New Chef” by Food & Wine Magazine in 1997 and “Chef of the Year” by San Francisco Magazine in 2007. In spring of 2014, Coi was recognized among the World’s 50 Best Restaurants (#49) and Daniel was awarded “Best Chef: West” by the James Beard Foundation.
Patterson’s food writing has been published in The New York Times, Food & Wine, Financial Times, San Francisco Magazine, and Lucky Peach. His book, Coi: Stories and Recipes (Phaidon) was published in October 2013.
- Best Chef: West, 2014 | James Beard Foundation
- #49 | Coi | World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2014
- Chef of the Year, 2007 | San Francisco Magazine
- Best New Chef, 1997 | Food & Wine Magazine
San Francisco, CA 94133