Versatile Creative Professional with a Flavorful Journey
Daphne Brogdon is a multi-talented creative professional with extensive experience in comedy, broadcasting, culinary arts, business development, and online content creation.
Culinary Comedy Pioneer
Daphne's journey showcases a harmonious blend of culinary expertise and comedy. She's most renowned for her Food Network show, "Daphne Dishes," where her unique fusion of cooking and humor delighted audiences.
Daphne’s culinary philosophy parallels the three-beat rule of comedy, ensuring every bite of her creations hits three different tastes, textures, or element notes. Daphne's love for food and wine is deeply connected to her late husband, Chef Mark Peel, a pioneer in the culinary world, known for co-founding La Brea Bakery and the legendary LA restaurant, Campanile.
Mark Peel Collaborations and Creations
Together, Daphne and Mark co-owned "The Tar Pit" and "Prawn." They also played pivotal roles in the success of Campanile LAX (Terminal 4), which she still has an ownership stake in. Daphne's culinary journey wasn't limited to hosting TV shows and competitions. She created several pop-ups featuring her husband, worked with him on catering, and took part in food festivals. Her involvement ranged from recipe testing to management and promotion, showcasing her multifaceted approach to the culinary world.
Comedy and Mom Blogging Trailblazer
Before her culinary career took off, Daphne was ahead of her time as a popular mom blogger. Her creation of the first comedic mom vlog, "Cool Mom," and "Momversation" paved the way for future content creators. Her innovative work led to appearances on talk shows like Oprah and Dr. Phil and earned her recognition by Nielsen and Forbes.
A Natural in Front of the Camera
Daphne's on-screen ease comes from her extensive work hosting TV shows, from "Fashion Team" on TV Guide's Channel to "Never Mind the Buzzcocks" on VH1. Her wit and charisma have graced numerous comedic montage shows on VH1 and Country Music Television. Her journey also includes her first national TV show, "Cnet Central."
From Stage to Mic and Beyond
Daphne's performative origins span comedy, theater, and radio. She trained at the American Conservatory Theater (ACT) in San Francisco and performed with Bay Area Theater Sports. Her stand-up comedy took her to various venues, from the Riviera Comedy Club in Las Vegas to the Improv in Hollywood and Irvine. She co-founded the improv group "Scratch Theater" and embarked on a tour. Her improvisational skills found their first home in radio, where she produced and co-hosted the nationally syndicated "The Dr. Dean Edell Show," at the time one of the top-ranked syndicated national shows. She even co-hosted Dr. Dean's TV show, "Hey Dr. Dean!"
A Journey of Resilience and Transformation
Daphne took a hiatus from her professional life for two years after the sudden loss of her husband, Mark Peel, to cancer. Their children were 12 and 15 at the time. The experiences with grief transformed her into a more empathetic and compassionate individual, igniting a determination to savor life's gifts and share joy with others.
From Culver City to Creative Heights
Daphne's roots in Culver City, CA, where her father's local political involvement kindled her early interest in the subject, often serving as a source of inspiration for her work and her continuing community work. She pursued a degree in Sociology at UC Santa Cruz, igniting her journey as a creative professional.
Catch Daphne Brogdon at the upcoming Palm Springs Food and Wine Festival on November 10th.