Corporate Executive Chef, Luby’s | Fuddrucker’s
Chef Phalen has over 20 years of culinary experience. He studied at the San Jacinto Culinary School where he received an A.A.S. in the Culinary Arts. During that time he also completed a three-year chef’s apprenticeship at the Doubletree Hotel where he received his culinary certification through the TCA-Texas Chefs Association and the ACF-American Culinary Federation. Through his efforts as an apprentice, he was elected junior chapter Chairman and was awarded Apprentice of the Year honors.
Dan then returned to San Jacinto College as a culinary instructor for three years teaching advanced pastry techniques and food fundamentals. During his career, he has worked as banquet chef, off-premise high-end catering, executive pastry chef, culinary director, and catering consultant. He also worked for 12 years with Sodexo, including the last three years as a regional culinary director for 12 states. Dan has been with Luby’s for 8 years developing the culinary services division and is now the Corporate Executive Chef for Luby’s Fuddruckers LLC and oversees all culinary for Luby’s cafeterias, Luby’s Culinary Services, Fuddruckers and Cheeseburgers in Paradise restaurants.
Dan has competed in numerous culinary competitions and has been awarded 9 medals including bronze, silver, and gold and the “best dessert” award in the Washington Apple Growers competition.
Dan is a native Houstonian who lives in Spring with his wife Maria, daughter Danielle and son Aaron.