Dave Martin was born and raised in Southern California and fell in love with food at an early age watching his mother, father and grandmother make everything from scratch. After graduating from The University of Redlands, Dave ventured into the world of technology but his love for food remained firm. When the tech bubble burst in 2000, Dave took this opportunity to pursue his real passion- cooking. He went back to culinary school and added French training to the cooking skills he’d garnered from cooking and baking with his family over the years.
In 2006, Dave took a chance on a new reality show called ‘Top Chef ‘. The show proved to be an incredible opportunity for him where he was able to get out there and show that he could thrive under pressure. Viewers fell in love with Dave’s personality along with his ability to transform old school dishes into updated comfort food classics. After making it to the finale, Dave found himself and his food continually in the spotlight.
Dave has consulted for restaurants in New York, Boston and California. He set-up Crave on 42nd, VYNL,The Meatball Factory, Sweetleaf & The Thinking Cup (Boston) and worked with The Perfect Puree creating new menu ideas for California Pizza Kitchen. He was behind The Frying Dutchman a gourmet French fry truck and consulted for Bait & Hook Seafood Bar (NYC-rated in Top 25 new restaurants for Fall 2014 by Gayot), BLVD Wine Bar (NYC) and Kitchensurfing (NYC) creating 90, 3-course menus for their same-day dinner programs.
In 2009, Dave’s desire to reach the masses pushed him to publish his first cookbook, Dave’s Homemade, Volume 1 followed up in 2010 with Volume 2 thanks to popular demand. In 2012, he introduced Dave’s Homemade, his chef inspired line of artisanal sauces and rubs that can help any home cook elevate what they’re making at home.
Today along with his hectic schedule of restaurant/bar consulting, product development for grocery & retail clients, teaching, private appearances and event production-Dave serves as Brand Ambassador for Messermeister Knives, Certified Angus Beef Brand®, The Perfect Puree® of Napa Valley, Nueske’s & Row Eleven Wines and works with The California Walnut Board, Gallo (Dark Horse Wines), Knorr, Women’s Health Magazine & the US Apple Board. Dave’s ability to connect with audiences in person, on TV, and in the media makes him a valuable asset in promoting the brands that he loves. He has worked with Tabasco for on-air television promotions along with producing food/beverage media and influencer events for Ultimat Vodka (by Patron) and Johnnie Walker.
Dave is a firm believer in giving back to the community and supports several charitable organizations like Make-A-Wish Foundation, Ronald McDonald House- NYC, Impact Network and he currently serves on the board for Let it Flow which builds clean water and sanitation stations in Third World countries.
Dave is proud to be “Fast Food Sober” for 11 years now and is an avid promoter, supporter and advocate for a healthier lifestyle through cooking with fresh, real ingredients.