Born and raised in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Mr. Desir spent most of his childhood in the countryside of Cap Rouge Jacmel. He is an award recipient from The National Black Chef Association. He migrated to the United States in 1999 after a successful career as a teacher of both elementary and secondary school. Based in Chicago, Illinois, Chef Dan Desir is a true advocate of the Haitian cultural heritage. On top of his culinary skills, he is also an artist, dancer and choreographer. Mr. Desir has 25 cumulative years of experience in business management. In 2012, he completed a bachelor degree at National Louis University in Business Administration. His experience includes managing a performing art organization and a printing and graphic design company. He was an advisor for Chez Violette in Chicago, IL prior to succeeding its management by purchasing and reopening under the name of Kizin Creole Restaurant with a new management team. His 2 years of experience as an advisor has given him a unique perspective on independent restaurateurs, allowing him the opportunity to recognize the dynamics of both successful and unsuccessful restaurants. Having successfully developed a management team and staff, Mr. Desir feels he can do the same with Kizin Creole Restaurant. He is currently the head chef of Kizin Creole and is studying for a certification in hospitality management from Ashworth College.
Born in Port-de-Paix, Haiti, Mrs. Desir is a graduate at the prestigious culinary school of Le Cordon Blue in Chicago. Along side her skills as a professional chef, she is also a gospel recording artist.