Born and raised in Barbados, David’s early life was centred on outdoor living and open-fire cooking. Leaving the island in 2003, David moved across the world to study hospitality and tourism management at Ryerson University in Canada. After he graduated, he moved to the US where he took up a management role with respected hotel group Four Seasons Los Angeles. In 2008 David moved to London to join Gordon Ramsay at Claridge’s as assistant manager, then on to restaurant manager for the re-opening of The Savoy Grill.
After three and a half years with Gordon Ramsay Holdings, David took on the General Manager role at award-winning Japanese restaurant Roka. Three years later, he decided to fold in the day job, buy a 4.5-tonne smoker in Houston, USA, and embark on a barbecue pilgrimage from Texas to Dalston. Making his first appearance at Street Feast Dalston Yard in 2013 he has been a local resident since.
Making his first appearance at Street Feast Dalston Yard in 2013 he has been a local resident since. With his focus on quality of product, David has fine-tuned his craft, branching out to a further two Street Feast sites – Dinerama and Hawker House. In addition, SMOKESTAK has toured the country at some of the UK’s most respected music festivals and culinary events.
With his heart firmly in the restaurant world, evolving into bricks and mortar at Sclater St, Shoreditch, in November 2016 was a natural progression. Following positive reviews from the likes of Fay Maschler, Grace Dent and Giles Coren, in October 2017, SMOKESTAK was awarded a coveted Michelin Bib Gourmand.