Robert Danhi is an award-winning teacher, author, TV Show host and R&D Chef with nearly three decades of extensive research in Southeast Asian foodways and a lifelong commitment to the demystification of Southeast Asia for home cooks, aspiring chefs and industry peers.
Robert graduated from the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY in 1991, then honed his skills in varying restaurant positions from Los Angeles to Hawaii. Robert discovered his lifelong passion for education at the Southern California School of Culinary Arts in South Pasadena as the Executive Chef and Director of Education. In 1998, he returned to his roots as a faculty member at CIA teaching more that twenty-five courses.
As a photo-journalist he published, authored and photographed his first book Southeast Asian Flavors, a James Bread finalist that takes readers on a deep-dive into the people, places and foods of Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia and Singapore. This curator of cultures was invited to host Taste of Vietnam, a 26-episode TV show exploring nineteen provinces of Vietnam, now broadcasted in 15 countries it continues to air on FYI Channel. Robert was recruited as a main judge for all 17-episodes of Top Chef Vietnam. His most recent book Easy Thai Cooking showcases simple recipes that result in the genuine flavors of Thailand.
Bringing all his passions and expertise together in 2005, Robert founded Chef Danhi & Co Inc., a consulting firm based in Los Angeles. They focus on menu and product R&D, sales and marketing support, and educational and training programs with clients around the world utilizing his R&D kitchens in Los Angeles and Malaysia.
Chef’s current mission...to curate, document, codify, archive and share the worlds culinary cultures. Hence, we have been working for years to create an app to blend qualitative and quantitative research methodologies and capture the 360° Flavor Experience with tools you already own. We can't do this alone hence we invite anyone interested to join us! The F&B industry also needs this technology, so we partner with organizations to capture the tribal knowledge of their teams. Reach out to me if you want to learn more!