Born and raised in Philadelphia, PA, Chef Brian Duffy had his first experiences in the kitchen as a young child with his big Irish-Italian Family. Those experiences introduced him to culinary life, and led him to study at Philadelphia’s The Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College. Culinary school may have taught him technique, but it was those Sunday nights cooking with his family where he developed his passion.
After graduation, Chef Duffy worked under James Beard Award winning Chef Jean Marie LaCroix at The Four Seasons in Philadelphia. From there, he partnered in opening restaurants for employers & even a few of his own (CBD & his Consulting firm DEG have been involved in over 100 restaurant & venue openings) It was during this time that Duffy began to travel & create the experiences that would shape the next stages & steps in his career & life.
In the Meantime, Duffy formed “Duffified Experience Group,” a consulting firm with the realization that most of the smaller restaurant and bar operators that are out there needed someone who spoke their language & worked the way that they do. Through this firm, Duffy has been able to work and oversee restaurants, bars and nightclubs around the globe. On and off camera, Chef Duffy works with restaurants across the country updating their concepts, menus and coaching. His proven success has made him one of the most in-demand restaurant, and hospitality consultants across North America and overseas
Duffy is perhaps most recognized from his abundant television appearances on the wildly popular Spike TV series Bar Rescue, where he tours the country (sometimes on his Harley) reforming failing bars and restaurants with his “tell it like it is” style. His most recent show “Opening Night” follows Chef Duffy through HIS 7-day process of opening a restaurant & the roadblocks that come along the way. Duffy made his national on- camera debut over 17 years ago on the Food Network and has appeared on countless networks & streaming platforms.
Currently Duffy has collaborated with Ugly Brother Studios (Duffy Brothers) to launch the highly anticipated “World Chef” platform, an interactive portal for Foodie’s that pair the world’s best chefs with an interactive platform & shoppable celebrity chef content. Chef, having his hands in multiple levels of business is also the Creator & Host of “Duffified Live” a talking & travel show with an over-the-top approach to eating, drinking, and experiences. His Current Love of BBQ & Travel have exploded after winning the Coveted “Barn Smoker” event in Dallas during the summer of ’23.
When he isn’t with clients, taping or traveling, he is working on his classic entrepreneurial spirit, continuing to write his first book or hanging out with his family and friends in the suburbs of Philadelphia.