Dana Slatkin is a chef, consultant and culinary teacher. After graduating from the University of California at Berkeley, Dana completed a two-year program at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York, winning several awards and graduating at the top of her class. She trained in France with Michelin Three-Star chefs Georges Blanc and Michel Guerard and with renowned patissier Pierre Hermé at Fauchon.
After cooking in New York City at Bouley, Dana moved to Los Angeles to become General Manager at L'Orangerie, one of the city's most highly regarded formal restaurants. In 1994, seeing a need to engage her local community, she launched the Beverly Hills Farmers Market, which became the inspiration for her own line of food products. Her Danabelle's Oven-Fresh Scones, Veggibles and Fruitles won awards at the International Fancy Food Show and sold to supermarkets and airline companies for nearly a decade.
Dana currently lives with her husband and three children in Los Angeles. In addition to consulting for food companies on new product development, Dana teaches popular cooking classes to children and adults. She especially enjoys combining cooking and philanthropy for a variety of children's causes. She is a founding member of Everychild Foundation and concert classical pianist. Her first cookbook, Summertime Anytime, was published in the Spring of 2008 by Clarkson Potter.