From a young age, Darryl Harmon’s mother, a certified cooking superstar in the South Jersey community where he grew up, taught him how to turn homegrown fruits and vegetables into all sorts of delectable dishes and desserts. Although he is quick to declare the women in his family as the inspiration behind his burgeoning culinary career, Darryl’s father also owned and operated a dairy distribution company.
At 18, Darryl left for Atlantic City taking an entry-level position in a casino restaurant. Being a hardworking natural talent, Darryl’s passion to succeed and all-around good nature, earned him several fast promotions. He quickly rose through the ranks, while attending culinary at ACCC, from a Line Cook at Bally’s Park Place to Sous Chef at Trump Taj Mahal and then served as Director of Food & Beverage at Omni Catering. Presently Harmon is The Executive Chef of SKYLARK on THE HUDSON RESTAURANT.
Chef Harmon was also named “CHEF OF THE YEAR” by the American Culinary Federation, Professional Chef’s Association of the South Jersey Chapter while serving as Vice President of the Board.
Chef Harmon has prepared intimate dinners for Vice President of the United States, Joe Biden, former President of Pakistan, Pervez Musharref, former Mayor of New York City, Mayor Rudy Giuliani, famed movie director Michael Bay, Academy Award Winning Actor, Jamie Foxx, R&B Grammy Winners Boyz II Men, and numerous athletes like Ryan Howard, Carlos Ruiz, Shane Victorino, Scott Hartnell, Samuel D’Alembert, the Orlando Magic NBA Team, DeSean Jackson and Michael Vick. Chef Harmon has executed events such as President of the United States Barrack Obama’s Rally with the Roots and the Philadelphia Primary, Mayor Nutter’s Welcome America, the American Cancer Society, the March of Dimes, Chaine des Rotisseurs, the National Football League Players Association, Dress for Success, Philadelphia Academies, Disney’s Block Party, Certified Angus Beef Carnivore’s Delight Dinner at The James Beard House in New York City and numerous corporate events.
Chef Harmon has been featured on The Chef’s Kitchen, Best of The Best, The 10! Show, FOX 29’s Good Day Philadelphia, Food Network’s South Beach and Atlantic City Food and Wine Shows, the National Governors’ Chef’s Convention, Martha Stewart Book Signing, Tea with Darren McGrady and numerous other television and media appearances. Chef Harmon is also a National Brand Ambassador for Certified Angus Beef ®.