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Danny Smiles
  • Status: Eliminated
  • Age: 27
  • Hometown: Montreal, QC

Danny Smiles’ kitchen career began in the dish pit at his parents’ small hotel, until one night the chef garde manger lost his thumb and Danny found himself in a new position. After completing his studies at St. Pius X Culinary Institute and interning for Michelin Star chefs in Brescia and Soverato, Italy, he returned to Montreal where he found his greatest challenge and inspiration working under Chef Chuck Hughes at Le Bremner where he currently works as chef de cuisine. He loves to work with fish and seafood, and with his unique mix of Egyptian and Italian backgrounds, he pushes the limit when it comes to new and unusual products and techniques. Being from Quebec, Danny feels a deep commitment to keep every dish as fresh, local, and honest as possible. He says, “At the end of the day, I am a Montreal chef whose passions are to continue learning, to strive for perfection, and to make people happy with every bite.” 


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