Daniel Patterson is an American chef, restaurateur, and food writer; he is also considered a leading proponent of California cuisine.
A self-taught chef, he began working as a restaurant dishwasher at age fourteen and attended Duke University before dropping out. In 1989, he moved to Sonoma, California with his then-partner, with whom he opened Babette’s, a French-inspired restaurant in 1994. It closed in 1999 when the lease expired. The pair then launched Elisabeth Daniel together in 2000, before he moved to become head chef at Frission.
In 2006, he opened Coi and went on to win two Michelin stars two years later. He has gone on to open several critically acclaimed restaurants in the region and is the author of Coi: Stories and Recipes (Phaidon, 2013).
Patterson also writes regularly about food.
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