More about David
My name is David, I’m the Academic Chair of the Centre for Food. I am also a chef and have been teaching for the past 20 years. I joined the Durham College team five years ago as a professor and the coordinator of culinary programs. I’m proud to be a part of the college’s field-to-fork vision, working with our faculty team to train the next generation of hospitality and culinary professionals. I also enjoy working with the Centre for Food management, staff and students who prepare and serve quality food in our restaurant, Bistro ’67 and our store, Pantry.
My friends and family say that I am creative, dedicated and hard-working. When I’m not at work, I enjoy woodworking and gardening. I also spend time in the winter, participating in ice carving competitions and demonstrations from Lakefield to Toronto. Over the past few years I’ve earned a few trophies for some of my work, my 3 carousel horses being one of my favourite carvings.
Over the past few years I’ve had the opportunity to promote the Centre for Food; our programs, restaurant and students in local and national media, including Rogers Daytime, Discovery Channel’s Daily Planet and the Toronto Star, to name a few.
I enjoy working with students on special projects like presenting on-stage at The Royal Winter Fair, and coaching them, along with our faculty team, to participate across the province in a variety of cooking and baking competitions. I share in the joy and pride of our faculty, seeing the results of weeks of planning as our Hospitality and Events students host their special events in their final semester.
It’s a bittersweet moment for me, shaking the hands of our students as they walk across the stage on graduation day. I’m happy for them and excited to see them start their careers, yet sad that I will no longer see them in the hallways of the Centre for Food.