We are pleased to have a top-notch culinary team in place, led by Executive Chef Dan Watterson. Dan has over 15 years of culinary experience. Two years ago he and his wife relocated from Washington D.C., where he was Chef de Cuisine for Stephen Starr’s FAMED French bistro Le Diplomate. Prior to joining Le Diplomate, Dan was an Executive Chef for Matchbox Food Group. Dan has had an extensive career in fine dining and one of his fondest memories was working at the two-Michelin Starred, Inn at Little Washington led by Patrick O’Connell. There not only did he learn technical skills but valuable life skills of learning what it takes to build a team and working with people from all walks of life, who may not have technical skills but who have drive and passion and are willing to listen, learn and work hard.
Dan has taken his Corporate Experience and moved outside of his comfort zone in fine dining to reimagining the food scene inside The State Capitol, to bring “fast casual & affordable dining to all that visit the California State Capitol. Statehouse is honored to be running the entire food program at the State Capitol, which includes The Statehouse Eatery, Café, Coffee shop and Premier Catering Services. #ChefOfTheCapitol