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Chef David's Education and Background

David Johnson graduated with honors (3.71 GPA) from The Culinary Institute of America in 1989. Before and since then David has apprenticed and worked at many top-level restaurants, catering operations and numerous other hospitality industry positions all over America. From New York to Los Angeles and Wisconsin to the Carolinas David has gleaned the regional bounties of the best of modern American
and International Cuisine.

David's cooking career started at the age of 5 in his grandmother's kitchen as chief spoon licker. He also did volunteer work in an industrial kitchen that fed 300 people 3 times daily at the age of 10 (see photo lower right). His first industry job was at the age of 14 busting suds in the pot sink for an upscale French restaurant called Andrea's in Madison, Wisconsin. Since then he has never looked back in a career that has spanned a quarter of a century.

David's interest in food and cooking also extends to research, planning, presentation, cost control, sanitation, public demonstration and teaching. He has prepared and styled food for the television show Beverly Hills 90210 (he even appeared in the background of a scene as "special talent") and for advertising in magazines for several West Coast Advertising Agencies. He has taught classes for UCLA Extension Culinary Arts Program, Wisconsin Union Mini-Courses, and currently for Dybdahl's Classic Kitchens and Cabinets of Madison, Wisconsin.

For more in depth information on key elements in David's background please check out the links below:

Chef David with Fellow Alumni

Chef David with fellow alumni
(not identified for privacy)
in front of
Chicago's Palmer House Hilton Hotel.
The 3-story balloon chef was constructed by
Chef Barry Colman ('83)
(3rd from right standing)
Chef David Johnson ('89)
(1st from right standing)
and other members of Mr. Colman's and
Chef Fred Schwartz's ('68)
(not pictured) company
More Than a Mouthful, Inc. of Los Angeles.

This function was the inaugural fund raiser for
The Joseph Amendola Scholarship Fund
for The Culinary Institute of America.

Volunteer Chef David at 10 years old.

Chef David doing volunteer work at age 10 about 1971 in Northern California commune.

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David believes all good chefs have an understanding of where food comes from, which is why he is an avid gardener.

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