Danilo Alfaro

Danilo Alfaro

Danilo Alfaro is a former private chef and now a full-time writer in Portland, OR. He's been writing professionally about the culinary arts since 2007.

  • 11+ years of experience writing about food and cooking
  • Published over 800 articles, recipes, and tutorials
  • 8+ years experience as a professional cook and chef


Throughout his previous career in journalism and public relations, Danilo developed and nurtured a passion for food that ultimately led him to pursue formal culinary training in Los Angeles.

After graduating from culinary school, Danilo honed his skills cooking in upscale restaurants and a high-end catering company before launching a personal chef business specializing in gourmet dinner parties in 2004. He was a live-in private chef for a family in San Francisco from 2009 to 2011 and became familiar with the challenges a cook faces in preparing high-quality food at home. He always keeps the home kitchen in mind when writing recipes and creating menus.


Danilo is a graduate of the culinary school at Los Angeles Trade-Technical College. He also has a bachelor's degree in Liberal Arts from Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, NY.

About The Spruce

The Spruce, a Dotdash brand, is a new kind of home website offering practical, real-life tips and inspiration to help you create your best home. The Spruce family of brands, including The Spruce, The Spruce Eats, The Spruce Pets, and The Spruce Crafts collectively reach 30 million people each month.

For more than 20 years, Dotdash brands have been helping people find answers, solve problems, and get inspired. We are one of the top-20 largest content publishers on the Internet according to comScore, a leading Internet measurement company, and reach more than 30% of the U.S. population every month. Our brands collectively have won more than 20 industry awards in the last year alone and, most recently, Dotdash was named Publisher of the Year by Digiday, a leading industry publication.

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