Not knowing what's coming next is … empowering.

For those of you who didn’t make it out bright and early to our event this past Friday, we had the pleasure of hearing the surreal journey of Daneen Green, a classically trained chef who ‘blends’ all the rules. And quite a story it was …

You see, Daneen isn’t your typical chef, she’s worked a lot of different jobs, everything from a tech at Dell (Computer) to golf course maven, until one day she decided to take a leap of faith and moved to LA to be a chef, without any set plans. As luck would have it, she immediately managed to land a job as a server and loved the energy of the restaurant. Within a short time climbed to Executive Assistant and then to Marketing Manager in charge of creating a cookbook for the Magic Bullet. It’s here that she found her love for creating recipes. But still unsatisfied, and just wanting to create, she dropped everything and just like that went back to school, in this case, culinary school.Shortly after graduating, she started working at the JW Marriott Ritz Carlton, but a cooking accident left her with 2nd and 3rd degree burns all over her face. It was a hard time; sleeping sitting up for 3 months, confined to her house and faced with the threat of never being able to cook again.

But Fate has a strange way of making things right, and a few months after the accident she got a call from a friend of a friend saying someone was looking for a private chef to cook for a family. Unbeknownst to her, that family was, … yeah, Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher. Very surreal… Next on her client list came Russell Brand and then U2. She became more and more comfortable in this space, just like cooking in her own home with her own family. She realized her passion for cooking was tied to feeding and nourishing people so they could be their best and perform at their best. It’s a prideful thing to be in that situation and has that type of encounter.The common thread in Daneen’s story is uncertainty; not knowing what’s coming next, with whom, or what form it will take. Every day is different for her, and embracing this has given her the freedom to do amazing things because she pursues each moment as an adventure. This alone has allowed her to be more accepting of the idea that something is going to come eventually. Her confidence in this freedom has cultivated a life of experiences, experiences greater in wealth than any paycheck could ever be. 

All the pictures from our last event are available on Flickr. Take a look, find yourself, and make sure to share it with your friends on Instagram. (we love attention so we won’t mind if you tag us @cm_orangecounty)