Chef Darren Weiss was born with profound hearing loss. He lived in Pennsylvania and England before settling in Santa Monica in 1976. A passion for food that began during his childhood eventually led him back to the East Coast to attend the Rochester Institute of Technology and the Culinary Institute of America in New York.
After graduating from the latter in 1996, he worked in Hawaii as an executive sous chef before moving to the South Bay in 2000. He owned and operated Catalina Cafe for five years in Redondo Beach prior to opening Darren’s Restaurant in Manhattan Beach. When he talked about his journey for this story, he revealed a humble spirit that is centered in gratitude and loaded with grit.
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