Private chef Danushka Lysek grew up in Canada to Czech parents and, at a young age, developed a love of cooking. After graduating from the Culinary Arts program of the renowned Le Cordon Bleu school in 2006 — and subsequently realizing that working in the restaurant business was not for her — she became a private chef in Los Angeles.
In 2010, Danushka appeared on an episode of the Food Network’s 24 Hour Restaurant Battle, which she won. In 2012, she returned to the Food Network and competed on Chopped and, in 2013, was a contestant on season nine of Food Network Star.
Danushka currently lives in New York, where she continues to cook unique and inventive farm-to-table cuisine with seasonal influences.
When did you first realize you enjoyed cooking, and what inspired you to pursue it as a career?