Chef Danny Elmaleh, the culinary mastermind behind many of sbe’s most renowned restaurants, is best known for his award-winning concepts, Cleo and Mercato di Vetro. Drawing on both his childhood and professional life spent around the world, Elmaleh is known for effortlessly blending diverse cuisines to create exotic and sumptuous dishes, often in the most unexpected places.
With his development of imaginative culinary offerings, he continues to make a name for himself as the creator of enlivening menus that encourage a social dining experience. While Chef Danny has had an inspired impact on nearly every one of sbe’s restaurant offerings, his menus at Cleo at The Redbury, and most recently, Mercato di Vetro, have earned him critical acclaim. Boasting a distinctly light and fresh menu that evokes a boho-inspired mezze bar, Cleo has become one of the hottest restaurants in the country.
Elmaleh began his career as a chef in Japan at a prominent French restaurant. He then cooked at Ristorante Giannino in Milan and Melisse and its sister restaurant, Lemon Moon, in Los Angeles. In 2006, Elmaleh opened Celadon restaurant and was named a “Rising Star Chef” of 2007 by Star Chefs. It was there that he met Katsuya Uechi and forged the relationship that led to his role with sbe.
Elmaleh’s unique culinary style is informed by his upbringing. Born in Haifa, Israel, to a Moroccan father and a Japanese mother, Elmaleh began his training at the famed Culinary Institute of America in New York.