2018 Chefs

Daniel Alvarez

Union Square Cafe

New York, NY

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Saturday, May 12th at the Grand Tasting & Auction

Daniel Alvarez is the Pastry Chef of Union Square Cafe and Daily Provisions. Daniel got his start in the restaurant industry at 13 years old, working at his uncle’s Mexican restaurant in Westchester, New York. He originally envisioned his career as a savory chef but quickly fell in love with pastry while working at MacMenamin’s Grill. Daniel followed his passion to New York City, working under Johnny Iuzzini as an intern at Jean Georges, eventually working his way up to pastry cook in 2012. He later assumed the role of Chef de Partie at the famed Dominique Ansel Bakery. Daniel, who joined Dominque’s team prior to the introduction of the “Cronut,” was able exercise a great deal of creativity while the bakery transformed into an international destination.

In 2014, Daniel joined Union Square Hospitality Group as a Pastry Sous Chef at Gramercy Tavern, working closely with Pastry Chef Miro Uskokovic with whom he had met at Jean Georges earlier in his career. In 2016, Daniel became part of the opening team of Union Square Cafe and Daily Provisions, where he now oversees the pastry and bread program at both restaurants. Daniel graduated from Johnson & Wales University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Baking and Pastry. He currently resides in Astoria, Queens and enjoys going out dancing when not in the kitchen.