History Of Our Restaurant Consulting Group

1975

Dean and Danny attend the CIA (Culinary Institute of America) in Poughkeepsie, NY. During his training, Dean worked at the nearby Rockefeller estate, where he cooked for the Rockefeller family and notable friends like Henry Kissinger.

1977

Dean spends 2 years as an apprentice at the world-famous Windows on the World in the World Trade Center.

1982

After a turn as Executive Chef at acclaimed Kansas City restaurant The American, Danny spends several years as Director of Operations at the Heartland Market, where he and Dean first work together.

1984

Dean and Danny are invited to prepare food for President Reagan’s inaugural event, “Taste Of America,” and serve over 5,000 dignitaries and elected officials.

1985

Dean is recruited by El Torito Restaurants to become Director of Foodservice and Supply Chain Management.

1988

Dean launches Synergy Restaurant Consultants, with a focus on operator and supplier menu innovation. Nabisco and Chiquita hire him to develop menu selections and recipes using their products.

1989

Danny joins Dean at Synergy. They rely on time spent at 150+ restaurant kitchens to share insights on overcoming operational difficulties and commercializing recipes to create consistent products for national use.

1990

Synergy launches “Get Connected” for suppliers to connect them to key decision makers at national accounts.

1991

The new principals at Boston Chicken (now Boston Market) retain Synergy to drive menu innovation, commercialize many of its key recipes and create new standards to support national expansion. Many of the signature menu selections are still on the menu today.

1992

Synergy recognizes a need for operational efficiencies in national chains and adds operations consulting as a core service.

1993

Dean & Danny’s Custom Seasonings is launched to help chain operators deliver memorable flavors in simple ways. Disney purchases seasoning blends for two restaurants and requests that products are packaged for retail sales at the park.

1999

Synergy celebrates being retained by over 60 prominent national chains and independent operators to provide menu innovation and restaurant operating efficiencies since opening its doors in 1992.

2000

Dean speaks at MUFSO (Multi-Unit Foodservice Operators Conference) about menu trends.

2002

The Menu’s Conference requests Dean and Danny as featured presenters.

2004

Synergy celebrates providing culinary and operations support to over 150 national chains since its inception.

2005

Fleming’s Prime Steak House retains Synergy.

2006

Synergy creates and launches two family entertainment complexes.

2007

Dean and Danny are contributing trend writers for Flavor and Plate magazines.

2008

Synergy completes 20 years of practice and grows the team to include experts in other areas of the industry, such as design, marketing, HR and supply chain management.

2009

Synergy celebrates being retained by over 200 national chains since opening its doors.

2010

TGI Fridays retains Synergy to design its new prototype exhibition kitchen and optimize the financial performance by determining labor costs for each recipe.

2011

Mike Roberts (former President of McDonald’s USA) retains Synergy to help develop and launch LYFE Kitchen, voted by Nation’s Restaurant News as Hot Concept of the Year 2014 in Fast Casual.

2012

Synergy goes international and works with clients in Guatemala, Mexico, Indonesia, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia.

2013

The Mayo Clinic retains Synergy to develop a new concept for its outpatient dining facility, helping to change foodservice in healthcare.