Cooking since his exit from the U.S. Army in 2009, he has logged time under celebrity chefs, and people well known in the NYC culinary community. An off the cuff cooking personality that matches his wit. He is at home both in a kitchen, and on stage. Thriving under pressure made him an ideal candidate for Fox televisions "Hell's Kitchen".
His stint on season 11 of "Hell's Kitchen" marked him as the standout villain. Always something to say, and never broken by Gordon, he gained praise from Chef Ramsay. "You Can F**cking Cook" was said to him. He was eliminated not for his culinary ability, but because he and his team were no where close to friends.
His season of "Hell's Kitchen" was awarded "Best New Cast" by the reality wanted awards and has received universal praise for being one of the best seasons of the show to air.
Dan currently still works a professional line for the Alta Marea Restaurant Group, but also does cooking demos for The Atlantic City Food and Wine Fest, T.A.S.T.E. Of Philly, Finger Lakes Wine Festival, and New York Restaurant and Food Show. He has been Co-billed with Robert Irvine, Rocco DeSpirito, Debi Mazar, Gabriel Corcos, and #MarthaStewart.
He is also very active with charity work for The Scarsdale, NY rotary and The Reality Rally wich raised money for the breast cancer treatment center Michelle's Place.