Dave Beran graduated with a B.A. in business from Lake Forest College, but it was a summer job at Latitude Restaurant in Bay Harbour, Michigan where he discovered his passion for cooking. After completing his formal education, Dave worked in Chicago at MK, promoted to tournant in a short time before leaving to work at Tru. Dave joined the Alinea kitchen in early 2006 and moved quickly through the ranks by displaying a native intelligence for food preparation, creativity, and attention to detail. He was promoted to the rank of Chef de Cuisine in July, 2008. In 2011 he left Alinea to open Next as the executive chef.
Since Next opened Dave has researched, developed, and executed fifteen distinctive menus exploring cuisine from around the world — Thailand to Paris to Sicily to Kyoto to Vegan. Fourteen of those menus have received the highest 4-Star rating from the Chicago Tribune. Chef Beran has been nominated three times for James Beard awards including both Rising Star and Best Chef: Great Lakes, ultimately winning Best Chef: Great Lakes in 2014. Additionally, Next won a James Beard for Best New Restaurant in America under his leadership. In 2014, Dave was named Best New Chef by Food & Wine magazine.
In April of 2016 Dave worked his final service at Next and bid Chicago a fond farewell as he announced not only his departure from Next, but also the city he called home for nearly seventeen years. He is currently living in Los Angeles and oversaw the Wolfgang Puck Test kitchen while building his own restaurant concept. In September 2017, Dave opened Dialogue Restaurant in Santa Monica, an intimate 18-seat open kitchen restaurant. Dialogue tells a story through a tasting menu. Guests should expect an immersive experience that plays to multiple senses and emotions.
Though his spare time is sparse, he makes time to write and train for both marathons and triathlons.