If there’s one thing most people can agree on, it’s that life comes at you fast. This is something that Danny Mondello has experienced within the last couple of years. With just one post on TikTok, he went from being an average New Yorker to a social media sensation. Danny, who posts on TikTok and Instagram under the name meals_by_cug, has become famous for his cooking and food review videos. His down-to-earth persona and his sense of humor has allowed him to reach millions of people. Every time he steps in front of the camera, his followers know they are going to get some 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 on Staten Island. He comes from an Italian-American family and he is very proud of his roots. Although he didn’t grow up cooking and isn’t a formally trained chef, food is a big 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 that he could focus on food.
3. He Has An Account on Cameo
Danny has an account on Cameo where he records personalized video shoutouts. Unfortunately, he is only making videos for businesses at the moment and the price for that is $500. Hopefully, however, he will open up a more affordable option for ‘regular’ people.
4. He Sells Merch
Since we know that Danny studied accounting, it’s not too surprising that he is a very business-minded person. He is making sure that he brings in as much money as possible during his time in the spotlight. Danny has a website where he sells a variety of merchandise. His items include hoodies and t-shirts.
5. He Started a YouTube Channel
TikTok and Instagram are the platforms where Danny has gotten the most attention, but he also has a YouTube channel where he has over 8,000 subscribers. As of now, however, Danny has not created any new content specifically for YouTube. All of his posts are existing TikTok videos.
6. He’s A Family Oriented Person
Like lots of other influencers, Danny has decided to keep his online persona separate from his personal life. As a result, there aren’t too many details about him floating around the internet. Something we do know, though, is that he comes from a very close family.
7. He Has Some Very Famous Followers
Having lots of followers is one thing, but having lots of followers who are a-list celebrities is something even more special. Since blowing up on social media, Danny has attracted some very famous people. Some of his followers include Drake and Charlie Puth. He has also gotten to meet some pretty well-known people.
8. His Mother Is the Reason He Got Into Cooking
Danny’s journey to the food industry actually happened somewhat accidentally. After moving into an off-campus apartment in 2017, Danny was trying to figure out what he was going to do with food. That’s when his mother came up with an idea. In an interview with the New York Post, he said, “My mother was like, ‘You want to go out and eat, you are going to pay for it. But if you go to the grocery store and cook, I will pay.’ What am I? An idiot?”
9. He Doesn’t Plan on Making Videos Forever
Being a social media influencer has been good to 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 am not going to be eating sandwiches in front of a camera. I have to find something else to do”. He didn’t share any details on what he would like to do in the future, but he will probably try to ride the social media wave for as long as he can.
10. He Didn’t Expect to Blow Up 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 bringing in hundreds of thousands of views, it became clear that Danny was on to something. After several viral videos, it also became clear that his success wasn’t a fluke.