Chef was born and raised in Colombia. He graduated high school at the early age of 14 and began cooking at his parent’s restaurant. He moved from one kitchen to the next, tasting and learning along the way. Although his passion was in food, at age 18, he left for Barcelona to attend music school with his best friend. While working at a winery and exploring restaurants in Spain, he realized cooking was what he really wanted to pursue professionally. He moved back to Bogotá and worked at several highly acclaimed restaurants in Colombia’s capital.
In 2009, Dres moved to Chicago, seeking opportunities to learn from some of his culinary heroes. After a long stage at 3 Star Michelin L2O with Chef Laurent Gras, and at Alinea with Chef Grant Achatz, Dres moved to Los Angeles to work as a consultant. During this time, Colombian media outlets recognized him as the U.S. ambassador to Colombian cuisine.
He continued traveling and taking on different opportunities, from cooking in the Alaskan wilds to creating the recipes for the award-winning burger food truck, The Cut, in 2014. His unique ingredient combinations have garnered critical acclaim for The Cut, which is now recognized as the ‘best burger’ and 'best brunch' in Southern California.
In early 2019, Dres launched his creative and highly emotional project, Dinner with Dres. A pop-up restaurant without limits, a culinary exploration on freedom.
And now, 'By Dres.' So, here we are.
CASA DE DRES
A culinary lounge offering premium bites, cocktails and music in a relaxed yet, elevated environment.
A boutique catering company whose sole focus is creating unforgettable dinner, and cocktail parties for you and your guests.
Opening a restaurant? Writing a cookbook? Testing new recipes? Let Chef Dangond help create award-winning recipes for you.