From the get go, Dan's attention to finer details in cooking were recognised and he quickly earned his place working in some of Brisbane's finest established restaurants. Early on in his career Dan was offered a position at Fix Wine Bar and Restaurant under renowned Brisbane chef Andrew Lincoln. Not long after establishing himself as a restaurant chef in Brisbane, Dan worked as a sous chef at Spanish Restaurant "Gordita", under the guidance of talented international chefs Alfonso Ales from Seville & head chef David Blanquez from Zaragosa in Spain.
Despite his success as a restaurant chef, Dan quickly noticed something missing in food culture in Australia. Where in many cultures, food is about lifestyle. Enjoying large feasts, to drink and dine and dance over hours, in Australia, food has become more about price, speed & convenience and as a result, quality and authenticity are being overlooked.
By working with a number of athletes and celebrities in Australia, Dan began to create products that could be added to home cooking, from simple family dinners to elevated dishes bursting with flavours. This is how the Pantry Foods By Dan range of products came about, through Dan's pursuit to provide, delicious, healthy, real food, that gave people back the lifestyle they deserved. Through his ability to provide a convenient alternative to bulk, cheap, food-like products, Dan now has the privilege of working along side professionals, families and businesses to bring enjoyment, health and convenience through food.
The Dan Hernandez philosophy is that despite our busy lives food should be appreciated, enjoyed and can be used as tool to bring people together. Our fast paced lives mean we don't always get the chance to sit back and enjoy the finer things in life, but Dan Hernandez makes this possible for you.
We choose to use the freshest ingredients, combined with some international flavours and methods. We have recognised that quality reaches all the way from how produce is grown, to how it is cooked in order to retain it's flavour and benefits. We aim to use simple, yet refined cooking techniques that not only give you great tasting food, but also allow meals to stay fresher naturally without the use of preservatives.
Unlike other private chef or catering businesses, Dan Hernandez doesn't provide a menu to choose from, rather we create meals based on our clients preferences and needs, that aim to highlight real flavours.
About Pantry Foods By Dan
Pantry Foods By Dan is a collection of pantry products created by Chef Dan Hernandez, who was a personal chef for many years before discovering his own product line of pantry staples.. Dan uses Australian ingredients that have been sourced locally. The products are all created with unique South American inspired flavours in mind.
Our product range is continuously being refreshed with new flavours added online all the time, therefore you will always find something new to inspire your cooking.
We've created a range of pantry products suitable for everyone, hot sauces for spice lovers to delicate infused oils and Australian made artisan spices and salts.
No Added Nasties
Pantry Foods by Dan sauces have a real taste that comes from fresh local fruits and vegetables.
Savour the South American and local Australian flavours that are all-natural, preservative free with no added nasties and gluten free.
South American & Australian Inspired Flavours
Our products are not only inspired by South American flavours, but are also influenced by local Australian products and cuisine.
Stay tuned for more products that will include locally sourced, and Australian native flavours.