Darren Weiss is the chef and owner of Darren’s in Manhattan Beach, CA, located just steps from the city’s iconic pier.

Weiss has always had a passion for cooking and has never let what some might consider a huge obstacle – Weiss has been deaf since birth – deter his career as a chef. After graduating from The Culinary Institute of America in New York in 1996, Weiss began his career at David Paul’s Lahaina Grill, which has been voted the best restaurant on Maui for 21 straight years. Weiss then moved on to Mark Ellman’s Avalon before joining the kitchen staff at the Grand Wailea Resort & Spa. Weiss’ time in Hawaii and the exposure to the island flavors has had a long-lasting influence on his cooking style.

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