EXECUTIVE CHEF DAKOTA WEISS
CHEF DAKOTA WEISS BIO
Chef Dakota was born and raised in Lancaster, California before moving to Santa Fe, Mexico at the age of 12. While she has lived all across the United States including Arizona, Texas, and Florida, one thing remains the same as she spent many hours in the kitchen with her mother, suspense novelist Charmaine Coimbra. According to Chef Weiss, her mother is who she acquired her love for food, appreciation of fresh products and flair in the kitchen. She attended and graduated top of her class from Scottsdale Culinary Institute in 1997 where, shortly after, she worked under Chef Jeff Drew at Coyote Café and spent three years there cultivating her talents. She then spent six years working for Ritz-Carlton including the Ritz-Carlton in Atlanta where she made a name for herself working closely with Chef Bruno Menard and returned to Los Angeles to work for Jer-ne Restaurant and Bar at the Ritz-Carlton in Marina Del Rey. Soon after, Chef Weiss worked at Sunset Tower Hotel's Tower Bar and moved to Philadelphia to help open Stephen Starr's restaurant Parc. Although she has lived and traveled to other parts of the country, Chef Weiss will always consider Southern California home and worked at Hotel Shangri-La in Santa Monica before arriving at W Los Angeles.