Born and raised in Barbados, David’s early life was centred around outdoor living an open fire cooking. This early yearning led him to Toronto is 2003 to pursue his studies in Hospitality and Tourism Management at Ryerson University. Following graduation ins 2006, he joined 5-star luxury hotel group Four Seasons in Los Angeles, before moving to London in 2008 to begin working with the Gordon Ramsay Group, initially at Claridge’s before the re-opening of the Savoy Grill. In 2011, David then joined award-winning Japanese robatayaki restaurant, Roka, as General Manager where the desire for live fire cooking was cemented.
In 2014, inspired by a barbecue pilgrimage around the southern states of America, David opened SMOKESTAK, a barbecue street food vendor at Street Feast Dalston Yard. The success of SMOKESTAK led to sites at Dinerama and Hawker House, as well as appearances at a number of music and food festivals. In 2016 David opened his first bricks and mortar site in Shoreditch, making a permanent home for SMOKESTAK.
July 2019 saw David join forces with Chris Leach, formerly of Kitty Fisher’s and Petersham Nurseries, to open a residency at 10 Heddon Street, focusing on hand-made pastas and in-house butchery and charcuterie.