Opening Keynote Speaker

Our opening keynote will feature Chef Daniel Patterson discussing his transition from running one of the best fine dining restaurants in America to disrupting the fast food industry with a community-led, mission-driven restaurant, LocoL. Through this, he will lead us through his philosophy of sustainable fast food and social impact, as we rethink the future role of restaurants and chefs.


Daniel Patterson

Chef & Owner, DPG

The Massachusetts-born chef, restaurateur, and food writer now helms a number of restaurants, including Coi, Alta, Aster, PB, Haven and LocoL. Patterson opened his first restaurant, Babette, when he was only 25 years old, and seven years later, earned his first James Beard Award nomination. Among his many accolades are a “Best New Chef” nod from Food & Wine, a “Chef of the Year” award from San Francisco Magazine, and a “Best Chef: West” win from the James Beard Foundation.

In his spare time, Patterson also runs The Cooking Project, a nonprofit, community-based organization he co-founded, which is dedicated to teaching kids and young adults fundamental cooking skills. He also finds time to write about food in publications like The New York Times, Food & Wine, Financial Times, and Lucky Peach. His book, Coi: Stories and Recipes (Phaidon) was published in October 2013.