“If Martha Stewart and Dita Von Teese had a love child, that would be me. I’m a Culinary Courtesan, and I will give you an experience you will never forget.”

Raised in Southern California, in the predominantly Latino communities of Huntington Park and South Gate, Chef Draden Medina found cooking as a vehicle for self expression and a time for bonding with his family of Mexican and Salvadorian heritage.

As a child, Draden spent most of his free time indoors surrounded by the women of his family. The preparation of daily meals in the kitchen amongst his Grandmother, Great Aunts, Aunts and his Mother are some of his fondest childhood memories. By age ten, he had mastered some staples of Mexican cuisine, including Chilaquiles, Mole, Menudo and Sopa Azteca.

Upon observing Draden’s love and natural ability in the kitchen at an early age, his Grandmother Mamaya, the matriarch of his family, encouraged him to continue honing his already promising skills.  While in high school, Draden took every elective culinary course offered, supplementing those courses with cookbooks and culinary manuals. His creations were then placed on the “chopping block” for his family to sample and enjoy.

At the age of twenty, Draden’s Grandmother was diagnosed with a rare form of brain cancer and as his greatest supporter, she urged him to shed his bad-boy party image and focus on making his culinary dream a reality.

Draden went on to receive his training at the prestigious California Culinary Institute in San Francisco and The Arizona Culinary Institute in Scottsdale, where amongst an exposure to a wide array of worldly fare, he received specialized training in Mediterranean, Italian and Classic American cuisine.

Fresh from culinary school, Draden moved back to Los Angeles and began working as a prep cook at Boca Restaurant located inside The Conga Room at L.A. LIVE. After working hundreds of hours doing monotonous prep work in dozens of kitchens, Draden got his big break when he was asked to cater a private event for a friend.

This event lead to numerous referrals and since then Draden has catered to legendary rockstars, the Beverly Hills elite, and a growing list of private clients. In addition, he has catered many celebrated events such as the Los Angeles Zoo’s Annual Beastly Ball, The Pacific Design Center’s Fall Market Week, and both the opening and closing weekend events for the Sundance Film Festival. Most recently, when he is not serving a delectable creation from his kitchen, Draden can be found designing for his namesake line of modern Chef Wear.