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Chef Dave
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Chef Dave's Career History

In 1968, I got my first restaurant job as a dishwasher. That's where I first heard about the Culinary Institute of America (CIA). In my second job I was fortunate to work for a graduate of the CIA. What an experience! I watched and learned from him, and could see firsthand the great happiness and satisfaction he experienced in preparing a meal and getting an immediate response from his patrons. That situation left a lasting impression on me. Throughout high school I worked at various local restaurants, flipping burgers and dropping shrimp baskets while daydreaming about attending the CIA.

After high school, I made my dream come true. I attended the CIA in Hyde Park, NY, graduating in 1974. While at the CIA, I decided it would be important for my career to immerse myself in all aspects of food service operations. Over the next 18 years I worked for a variety of food service organizations, including fine restaurants in various hotels and resorts from Miami to Maine. My culinary odyssey ended here in Houston, Texas in 1980.

I started in Houston at Chez Eddy restaurant, where I met a cook who was working a second job at Ouisie's on Sunset Blvd. I worked at Ouisie's for six and a half years, until it closed in 1989. I have worked at many fine restaurants since, including Sam's Cafe, Rao's Italian Restaurant, Blue Water Grill, Sierra Grill, and finally, the new Ouisie's Table in 1995. I had decided at that time that the new Ouisie's Table would be my last restaurant job in Houston. Eighteen months later I left.

For two and a half years I worked for Euro-Mid, an import food distributing company, as office manager, learning still another side of the food service industry.

Several years ago a friend asked me to go to his girlfriend's home and teach her some things about cooking. We had a great time and, ultimately, they had a great meal. So, here I am. After 31 years in the culinary arena, I have discovered that my heart's real desire is to teach cooking. There are so many people with beautiful kitchens who don't use or enjoy them. I want to help change that!

See you at the cutting board,

Chef Dave

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Click here to see the CNN video clip of Chef Dave at Sierra Grill in 1991.
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