Owner and Chef, Daniel Vater, has worked in the hospitality industry for over 25 years. From 1999 until 2007, Daniel served as the executive chef of the Hearst Corporation Executive Dining and the Good Housekeeping Institute. In 2008, Chef Vater founded Daniel Vater Fine Catering, and over the last ten years, he has created a successful business serving the New York City greater area. 

Daniel's market menus are hand-crafted to spotlight the flavors of the season, pairing fresh organic ingredients with classic simplicity and fastidious attention to detail. Daniel’s dishes begin with the fundamentals of classic continental cuisine, and are infused with Mediterranean, Middle Eastern and Asian influences.

Daniel returned to school in 2017 to pursue a degree in Food and Beverage Management, and Global Business Management. He plans to graduate from the City University of New York  Baccalaureate Program for Unique and Interdisciplinary Studies in the spring of 2019. Daniel is the recipient of The James Beard Foundation Mildred Amico Scholarship award, the Thomas W. Smith Academic Fellowship, and The Hospitality Industry Network Scholarship. Daniel maintains a 4.0 GPA, he is on the Dean’s Academic List, and a member of the Honor’s Society. 

Whether catering a casual private gathering, a sophisticated corporate event, or a festive summer picnic, Daniel believes that the key to the perfect party is in the fusion of exquisite flavor and refined design.

Daniel is a proven leader in his field. Not just because of his knowledge of food and cooking - it is his passion, his personality and demeanor.
— Patricia Haegele, Publisher, Good Housekeeping
Daniel is an accomplished chef, yet also a passionate student and ardent learner. He has a clear desire to explore new paths of knowledge.
— Claire Stewart, Associate Professor, NYC College of Technology
Daniel is a fabulous, and highly talented chef!
— Dr. Arthur Agaston, The South Beach Diet
Daniel - Many thanks for your delicious meals
— Peggy Post, Etiquette - The Definitive Guide To Manners
Thank you for so many incredible meals - and the popovers!
— Oprah Winfrey
Thank you for giving us the benefit of your marvelous talent!
— Donna Hanover


715 East 5th Street, 1A
New York, NY 10009


(917) 710-7415