The Monitor, AIM Media Texas and Doctors Hospital at Renaissance Health System are proud to announce Chef Dan Phalen as a Celebrity Chef for the Por Vida Health & Food Fest. Chef Phalen will conduct a live cooking demonstration showcasing his skills and style of healthy cuisine.
Chef Phalen has over 21 years of culinary experience. He studied at the San Jacinto Culinary School where he received an A.A.S. in the Culinary Arts. During that time he also completed a three-year chef’s apprenticeship at the Doubletree Hotel where he received his culinary certification through the TCA-Texas Chefs Association and the ACF-American Culinary Federation. Through his efforts as an apprentice, he was elected junior chapter Chairman and was awarded apprentice of the year honors.
He then returned to San Jacinto College as a culinary instructor for three years teaching advanced pastry techniques and food fundamentals. Through the years his experience has included banquet chef, off-premise high-end catering, executive pastry chef, culinary director, and catering consultant. He previously worked for 12 years with Sodexo finishing his last three years as a regional culinary director for 12 states. Chef Phalen has been with Luby’s for 10 years as the Corporate Executive Chef for Luby’s Fuddruckers LLC and oversees all culinary for Luby’s cafeterias, Fuddruckers, Luby’s Culinary Services, and Cheeseburgers in Paradise restaurants.
Chef Phalen has competed in numerous culinary competitions and has been awarded 9 medals including bronze, silver, and gold and the “best dessert” award in the Washington Apple Growers competition.
He is a native Houstonian who lives in Spring TX with his wife Maria, daughter Danielle and son Aaron.