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Malibu, CA

BIO

Daphne Cheng is one of the most highly sought after plant-based chefs, known for her bold, eclectic style and ability to improvise full 10 course dinners in a matter of hours. She hosts renegade dinner parties around the world, bringing strangers together who leave as friends. Since 2013, Cheng has garnered a cult following of foodies - both omnivorous and herbivorous alike- with guests ranging from celebrities to CEOs to influencers including Stella McCartney, Jessie J, Chris Hemsworth, MIA, Vera Wang, Moby, and numerous top Chinese stars. Her guest dinner at the prestigious James Beard House sold out in a record-breaking 48 hours

With her hyper-sensitive palate and creative vision, Cheng focuses the culinary spotlight on fresh, seasonal vegetables. She most enjoys mixing ingredients and flavors in unusual ways, defying her father’s repeated admonishments, “Don’t play with your food.” The resulting dishes can be all at once elegant, provoking, and even bizarre, but most importantly delicious.

Daphne was named 2018 ELLE China 30 Under 30, Tatler Magazine’s Gen T Elite Pioneers, was a finalist on 锋味, the number one food TV show in China with over 150 million fans, and has been featured in 100s of media outlets in the US and China from Forbes, Vogue, SELF, Wall Street Journal, Eater, New Yorker, HK Economic Times, and more.

Cheng has been invited to speak at many respected events including the World Economic Forum in China and Davos; 2050 Yunqi Alibaba Conference; and Seeds + Chips in Milan, Italy, an industry-leading food-tech conference alongside former President Barack Obama.

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