Istvan Toth is the Executive Chef at Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse in Irvine. Toth was born and raised in Hungary and moved to the United States at the age of 19 to begin his career as a chef in New York City. He grew up with grandparents who prepared all of their meal from scratch daily. This upbringing is what started his love affair with quality food and cooking. Before leaving Hungary, Toth obtained his culinary degree at Le Cordon Bleu Culinary School.
Toth began working in the industry as a teenager, where he interned in the kitchen of a well-known resort in Hungary. When he moved to the United States, he held positions at some of New York City’s most renowned culinary establishments, including Mario Batali’s Eataly and Catch Restaurant, the flagship restaurant of the EMM Group. From there Toth joined the Davio’s family, where he has been cooking since 2013. Toth’s favorite part of being in the kitchen is being able to get creative with flavor profiles and the plating styles of his dishes.
When Toth is not at Davio’s he can usually be found hiking, deep-sea fishing or enjoying movies and concerts around the city. He currently resides in the Orange County with his wife, Lani.