Daniel Garcia is a Spanish top chef and restaurateur whose first restaurant Tragabuches in Ronda won him a Michelin star at just 25 years old and the second named Calima made him the first 2-star chef in Andalusia.
Dani García studied at the La Cónsula Hospitality School in Málaga and was another of the apprentices of Martín Berasategui who were quick to become leading stars on the Spanish culinary scene. Today, together with José Carlos García (El Café de París in Málaga) and Ángel León (Aponiente in El Puerto de Santamaría), he leads the way for new Andalusian cuisine.
In 2004, he was taken on by the Meliá hotel group to set up the Calima restaurant in Marbella (Málaga). There, in collaboration with Raimundo García del Moral, Professor of Pathological Anatomy at the University of Granada, Dani was the first to develop the culinary use of liquid nitrogen at -196ºC (-303ºF).
In early 2008, Dani García took charge of the Meliá hotel bars and restaurants named Uno by Dani García. The first was opened in Madrid and offered international cuisine with an Andalusian and avant-garde slant.
In 2014 Dani García began his most creative phase with the opening of his gastronomic namesake restaurant – recognized with two Michelin stars – and Bibom a bistro where he serves ‘tapas with a twist‘, at the Puente Romano Beach Resort & Spa Marbella hotel.
Two very different concepts but with their kitchens connected and united by a common denominator: the product and the Andalusian recipe book as a base and the international character as a guiding thread. Also in Marbella, Lobito de Mar, described as a ‘beach bar without a beach‘, and since 2016 a second Bibo in Madrid.
In June 2020 Spanish Chef Dani García announced he was taking his cooking to New York City again. The world famous previously ran Manzanilla restaurant in the Big Apple as well as his eponymous 3 Michelin star restaurant Dani García in Marbella, on Spain’s southern coast, though both closed their doors.
Dani García’s cuisine is innovative and rooted in contrasts, but based on the traditional flavours of the cuisine of Southern Spain.
He uses his imagination and applies scientific techniques such as the culinary use of liquid nitrogen creating amazing dishes like ‘Frozen raff tomato popcorn with raw Motril baby shrimp‘, and ‘Cold olive oil semolina with ham and croutons‘.
Frying, extra virgin olive oil and Iberico pork are some of the staples from the Andalusian cuisine García uses in his recipes.
Also cold soups, innovating gazpacho and ajoblanco (soup made of garlic and almonds).
He named his personal culinary concept ‘Cocinacontradición‘, which brings together classic flavours and contemporary preparations. García is a truly passionate and creative chef who is leading the way for new Andalusian cuisine.