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International culinary expert with 20 years experience in catering, fine dining and teaching culinary arts.
Well traveled and highly experienced chef with 20 years in the industry. From Michelin starred restaurants in France, to stints in Peru and Ecuador in South America. Proficient in many styles of cooking, with a focus on quality ingredients and outstanding flavours. Expert in wine pairings, whisky pairings and craft beer food combinations. Have cooked for celebrities and dignitaries in formal and informal settings.
I feel comfortable cooking in many different styles, adopting regional methods from all over the world, while tilting naturally towards solid french technique. I love quality ingredients, natural yet distinctive flavours and a little bit of spice.,
For me, cooking is a form of artistic expression that speaks of terroir and community, with a healthy splash of technique and science.
For me, cooking is...
A form of artistic expression that speaks of terroir and community with a healthy splash of technique and science.
I learned to cook at...
Various establishments in Sydney, Canberra, Peru, Ecuador, France and have taught and cooked in Nepal, Malaysia, Mexico, Colombia, Canada, Thailand...
A role model in the kitchen is...
A healthy mix of Paul Bocuse, Anthony Bourdain, and Harold McGee.
A cooking secret...
Looking at the same ingredient with a different cultural or technical angle, every time I step into the kitchen.
As a Private Chef, I can offer you:
Simply tell me what you're craving! I would love to create the perfect menu for your special occasion in Canberra.
I can do weddings, birthdays and corporate events in Canberra. You name it!
Because "sharing is caring". I would be happy to teach you all sorts of techniques and recipes in Canberra.
Interactive or demonstrative, I can provide showcooking services all around Canberra.
David's Food Gallery
We all eat with our eyes first! Below you can find a little demonstration of what I can bring to your table.
Chef David's reviews
We had the most fabulous experience - from the inital enquiry, all the way through to the end of service. This was a special event for my family and David exceeded our expectations - from communication, to the menu selection, the food and the service. David's waiter was also excellent. Would book David again, and have told all our family and friends that private chefs are the way to host a dinner party. Thank you, David.
Win Hanson - Jan 07 2022
Chef David, waitress Liz, and Thiago the dishwasher were well presented, friendly, and made our wedding lunch a fantastic experience. I am grateful for their help because it made my day easy and very enjoyable. My guests loved the food, Chef David cooked Paella live on a gas burner and the children really enjoyed watching and learning as he put it all together. The food was well matched to the outdoor setting and David was able to navigate the older styled kitchen easily to prepare the feast. I am impressed by David and we will certainly recommend him, and hire him again. Five stars for David.
Elisa Sko - Dec 31 2021
David was amazing. He was friendly and engaging and made the whole night incredibly memorable. We all had the best time and can’t wait for the next time.
Nimali Wickramaratne - Nov 02 2021
Chef David provided the most delightful and memorable experience for my husband's birthday. He was very accommodating to our needs and curated a menu as per the specifications I had in mind. His versatility in food and his outstanding and phenomenal experience in the industry was evident in every dish he cooked.
The entire meal was so well presented and designed. He talked us through each of the courses and also helped recommend wine pairings for the meal. It was innovative and elegant and made the entire evening a truly memorable occasion. My husband said the experience was was better than eating at fine dining restaurant.
If you're looking for class, elegance and a truly intimate experience, I would highly recommend Chef David. His flexibility to the myriad changesI put him through and knowledge of food made the planning an absolute breeze. The evening was so hassle-free, without the headache of cleaning up after the meal. Our kitchen was left spotless and all we had to do was relax and enjoy the rest of the evening. Thank you chef David for bringing fine dining to our dinner table.
Desiree - Oct 18 2021
Book your experience with Chef David
Specify the details of your requests and the chef will send you a custom menu just for you.