Native Angelena Dahlia Narvaez developed her love for food through after school cooking for her family in Highland Park. Trading the classroom for the kitchen, Narvaez left school for a job at the Conga Room when she was 22. Looking to take the next step in her career, she confidently strode through the doors of the legendary La Brea Bakery and asked for a simple counter job.
She never worked a minute behind the counter, moving directly to the kitchen of the neighboring, James Beard Award winning Campanile. Here she began building her relationship with her mentor, Nancy Silverton. In 2003 Narvaez was named Executive pastry chef, running one of the country’s most distinguished pastry departments.
Narvaez left Campanile in 2006 to take on the role of Executive Pastry Chef for what was to soon become the wildly successful Mozza group restaurants. She developed the opening menus and pastry departments for the three Los Angeles kitchens (Pizzeria Mozza, Osteria Mozza and Chi Spacca) as well as overseeing the Newport Beach and Singapore properties.
In 2008, Osteria Mozza received its first Michelin Star, and in 2010 Narvaez contributed her recipes to the hit Mozza cookbook. Dahlia’s work has been celebrated in publications including the Los Angeles Times, LA Weekly, New York Times, Bon Appetit, Food &Wine Magazine, GQ and Metropolitan Home.
In 2016, Dahlia was awarded the James Beard Foundation Award for Best Pastry Chef, a national title.