Dale Talde’s passion for cooking began at a young age in his native Chicago where he learned to prepare meals alongside his mother in the kitchen. The proud son of Filipino immigrants, he grew up immersed in his family’s cultural heritage, while also enjoying the life of a typical American kid.
Dale applies this distinct Asian-American experience to the menu of his eponymous restaurant, TALDE, which first opened in Brooklyn’s Park Slope neighborhood in 2012. TALDE now has multiple locations, including Jersey City, NJ and Miami, FL. Dale debuted his first project in Manhattan with the opening of Massoni at the Arlo NoMad Hotel in November 2016. His second Manhattan restaurant called Rice & Gold opened in October 2017 at the 50 Bowery Hotel in Chinatown. Dale's latest project includes three locations in the food hall Grandview Public Market in West Palm Beach. They are called The Corner, Clare's and Little Red Truck.
In addition to his work in the kitchen, Dale was also a three-time cheftestant on Bravo’s Emmy Award-winning culinary show, “Top Chef.” He competed in Season 4, “All Star” Season 8, “Top Chef Duels”, and became one of the show’s most popular cast members. Dale has competed on “Chopped,” “Iron Chef America,” “Knife Fight” and was also head judge on “Knife Fight” Season 4, as well as guest judge on both “Chopped” and “Beat Bobby Flay.”
In September of 2015, Grand Central Publishing released Dale’s first cookbook, Asian American, to rave reviews.