10 things you didn’t know about Danny Mondello
If there’s one thing most people can agree on, it’s that life comes to you fast. It’s something that Danny Mondello has experienced for the past two years. With just one post on TikTok, he went from an average New Yorker to a social media sensation. Danny, who posts on TikTok and Instagram as meal_by_cug, has become famous for his cooking and food review videos. His down-to-earth personality and sense of humor have allowed him to reach millions of people. Every time he steps in front of the camera, his followers know they are going to get great content. Keep reading to learn 10 things you didn’t know about Danny Mondello.
1. He’s from Staten Island
Danny was born and raised in Staten Island. He comes from an Italian-American family and he is very proud of his roots. Although he didn’t grow up in the kitchen and isn’t a trained chef, food is an integral part of his culture. In addition to Staten Island, Danny has also lived in Manhattan.
2. He studied accounting
Becoming a social media star wasn’t even on Danny’s radar a few years ago. Instead, he was on a much more traditional path. He attended SUNY New Paltz where he earned a degree in accounting. After graduating, he landed a job in the field but quit after a week so he could focus on food.
3. He has a Cameo account
Danny has an account on Cameo where he records personalized video messages. Unfortunately, it only does business videos at the moment and the price is $500. Hopefully, however, it will open up a more affordable option for “ordinary” people.
4. He sells goods
Since we know that Danny studied accounting, it’s not too surprising that he has business acumen. He makes sure he makes as much money as possible during his time in the spotlight. Danny has a website where he sells a variety of merchandise. Its items include hoodies and t-shirts.
5. He started a YouTube channel
TikTok and Instagram are the platforms on which Danny has gained the most attention, but he also has a YouTube channel where he has over 8,000 subscribers. So far, however, Danny hasn’t created any new content specifically for YouTube. All of his posts are existing TikTok videos.
6. He is a family oriented person
Like many other influencers, Danny decided to separate his online persona from his personal life. As a result, there aren’t too many details about him floating around the internet. What we do know, however, is that he comes from a very close family.
7. He has very famous followers
Having lots of followers is one thing, but having lots of followers who are celebrities is something even more special. Since exploding on social media, Danny has attracted some very famous people. Some of his supporters include Drake and Charlie Puth. He also met some fairly well-known people.
8. His mother is the reason he started cooking.
Danny’s journey into the food industry actually happened a bit by chance. After moving into an off-campus apartment in 2017, Danny was trying to figure out what he was going to do with food. It was then that her mother had an idea. In an interview with the New York Post, he said, “My mom was like, ‘You want to go out and eat, you’re going to pay for that. But if you go to the grocery store and cook, I’ll pay. What am I? An idiot?”
9. He doesn’t plan on making videos forever
Being a social media influencer has been good for Danny so far, but it’s not what he sees himself doing for the rest of his life. He told the New York Post“In 20 years, I won’t be eating sandwiches in front of a camera. I have to find something else to do.” He didn’t give any details about what he would like to do in the future, but he will probably try surfing on the wave of social media for as long as he can.
10. He didn’t expect to explode on social media
The first time Danny posted a video on TikTok, he didn’t think it would lead to stardom. However, once his first video started generating hundreds of thousands of views, it became clear that Danny was onto something. After several viral videos, it also became clear that his success was no fluke.