Andres Dangond was born and raised in Colombia. He graduated high school at the early age of 14 and began cooking at his parents’ 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. While working at a winery and exploring restaurants, 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, Chef Dangond 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, Chef Dangond moved to LA to work as a consultant. During this time, Colombian media outlets recognized him as 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. Chef Dangond has since become partner and opened the brick and mortar version in Irvine, CA. His unique ingredient combinations have garnered critical acclaim for The Cut, which is recognized as ‘best burger’ in Southern California.
Chef Dangond’s latest taco project, Tacos by Drés, will infuse his Colombian and global flavors into another culinary classic. Coming to LA in 2019!