david-burkePosition: Executive Chef, Restaurant Owner, Partner
Website: www.davidburke.com
Born: 1962
Education: Meilleur Ouvrier de France (M.O.F.) , 1988, Culinary Institute of America, 1982
Awards: Culinary Award of Excellence, Robert Mondavi (1996), James Beard Foundation Award for Who’s Who of Food and Beverage in America, Chef Magazine – “Chef of the Year” (1998)
Restaurants: After a year and a half of being off the grid David is working on 6 new restaurant concepts.  David Burke has distinguished himself as a celebrity chef, entrepreneur, inventor and author.  Burke graduated from the Culinary Institute of America, and soon thereafter traveled to France where he completed several stages with notable chefs such as Pierre Troisgros, Georges Blanc and Gaston Lenôtre. Burke’s mastery of French culinary technique was confirmed when, at age 26, he won France’s coveted Meilleurs Ouvriers de France Diplome d’Honneur for unparalleled skill and creativity with his native cuisine.  Burke returned to the U.S. as a sous chef for Waldy Malouf at La Cremaillere and then for Charlie Palmer at The River Café, where he ascended to executive chef and earned three stars from The New York Times. In 1992, Burke opened the Park Avenue Café with Smith & Wollensky CEO Alan Stillman, and then, in 1996, he became vice president of culinary development for the Smith & Wollensky Restaurant Group.