At the age of six, 4th generation chef Dustin discovered his life's calling in the kitchen of the families legendary restaurant J. Trani's near the waterfront of San Pedro. Opening in 1925 by Filippo Trani, “The Majestic Café” became a staple in the San Pedro community. Dustin's true Culinary mentors, Grandfather Jim Sr & father Jim jr passed on a unique, rich & vivid legacy of restaurant experience to guide him to become Executive Chef of J. Trani's at the age of 18.
In Spring of 2007 Dustin broaden his culinary horizon, sailing to Thailand where he worked at The Oriental Hotel in Bangkok to develop his technique to fuse elements of Asian cuisine with a more traditional Italian bill of fare. Dustin also worked alongside acclaimed Chefs Todd English & Ming Tsai of The Blue Ginger & Olives. In 2008 Dustin trained Pasta Making with Lidia Alciati of Michelin stared Restaurant Guido da Costigliole in Italy a life changing experience.
In 2012 Dustin opened "Doma" Beverly Hills where he brought touch of modern Italian with global influences... Drawing the attention of Esquire’s "Knife Fight" & critic Sofie Gayot who rated him one of her “Top 5 Rising Star Chefs” in U.S. 2013. Dustin was also featured with Doma in Bravo’s “Best New Restaurant” Hosted by Tom Colicchio
In 2016 Dustin returned home to J.Trani’s with ambitions of expanding with a sister restaurant. Something that will honor the past and present.... a New Trani’s Majestic.