Get to Know Chef Daniel O'Brien

From an early age, Daniel, founder of Seasonal Pantry, was surrounded by fresh and local produce from all over Monroe County. He developed a passion for cooking while preparing meals for his family. Daniel followed his heart and attended Paul Smith’s College and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Culinary Arts & Service Management. After school he spent time in France learning classic cuisine and skills. To realize a boyhood dream, Daniel opened the award-winning restaurant Seasonal Pantry in Washington, DC in 2009. Daniel’s innovative concept consisted of a market where guests could purchase locally grown produce and ingredients to prepare a meal at home, in addition to signing up for one of the many food clubs Daniel organized and personally cooked for, called Seasonal Pantry’s Supper Club. The signature Seasonal Pantry Supper Club was awarded the coveted Washington Post Editor’s Pick Award and was also named one of “10 Best New Restaurants” in 2011 by The Washingtonian.

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Chef Daniel in 2009 at Seasonal Pantry in Washington, DC

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Chef Daniel with his wife, Emily
In 2019, Daniel and his wife, Emily, have brought Seasonal Pantry to the greater Rochester, NY area. It was time for Daniel to return to his roots, where his dream of creating delicious cuisine in a unique style began. Daniel is proud to be serving his creative yet down-to-earth cooking to the place that originally inspired his love for the culinary arts.  Chef O’Brien is enthusiastic about bringing his latest culinary craftsmanship to his neighbors that visit Seasonal Pantry. Learn more about Supper Club and available sign up dates.

We look forward to seeing you around the table at Seasonal Pantry