Chef Darren Atkins was born in Australia, then moved to New York City in 1991. While working in the NYC fashion business as a model agent and casting director, he developed an interest in Italian culture and food and decided to go to culinary school. He attended the International Culinary Center in Soho NYC in 2000. After graduating in 2001, he went to work for acclaimed Chef's -Cesare Casella of Beppe and Salumeria Rosi , Michelin Star Chef Fortunato Nicotra of Felidia-Food and Wine Magazines 2008 Best Chef Jim Burke of Caffe Storico , to name a few . He continues to be inspired by Italian cuisine after years of working with these esteemed chefs.
Chef Darren recently moved to NC, where he lives in Burlington with his wife Jan. He is the Chef/Owner of il Centro Kitchen/Daily Provisions/Catering/Chef Services in Burlington, NC.