Dale Talde’s passion for cooking began at a young age in his native Chicago where he learned to prepare meals alongside his mother. 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 opened in 2012. It quickly became a hit with diners and critics alike, and in August 2012 he and his partners, the THREE KINGS, David Massoni, and John Bush, launched Pork Slope, a Brooklyn roadhouse serving his take on classic American bar food. In 2012, he took over the kitchen and became a partner in Massoni and Bush’s older restaurant, Thistle Hill Tavern. In 2015, Dale, John and David opened a second location of TALDE in Jersey City, as well as an Italian restaurant and café, Carrino Provisions, with friends and longtime Jersey City residents, Alfonso Carrino, Anthony Carrino, and John Colaneri of HGTV’s “Kitchen Cousins,” “Cousins on Call,” and “Cousins Undercover.” In fall of 2015, THREE KINGS opened the third outpost of TALDE in Miami Beach. In 2013, Dale was given both a “People’s Best New Chef” award from Food & Wine magazine, and a “Rising Star” award from StarChefs. Dale began his professional career in Chicago as part of the opening staff at two of the city’s most acclaimed eateries: Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s Thai-inspired, French restaurant, Vong-Chicago; and Chef Shawn McClain’s New-American restaurant, Spring. Dale was also a two-time cheftestant on Bravo’s Emmy Award-winning culinary show, “Top Chef.” He competed in season 4, as well as on the show’s “All Star” season, and became one of the show’s most popular cast members.