Dave Martin gained notoriety as a Chef-testant and finalist on the first season of Bravo’s Top Chef winning viewer‟s hearts and palates with his intense layering of flavors and vivid descriptions of his dishes. Serving up approachable yet sophisticated takes on old classics, like his signature Black Truffle Mac „n‟ Cheese, he has become a hit from the streets of NYC to the shores of St. Tropez. Years after his season ended, Dave finds himself and his food continually in the spotlight. He has consulted for several restaurants in NYC to include Lola, VYNL, Crave on 42nd, The Meatball Factory, Prince St. Pizza and The Frying Dutchmen (food truck).
In 2009 ,he self published and released his first cookbook, Flavor Quest, Volume 1 and due to popular demand followed with Flavor Quest, Volume 2 in 2010. Dave launched his own line of Flavor Quest rubs and sauces in 2011 and travels around the country as a guest chef for various Food & Wine Festivals, winemaker dinners, charity auction dinners, corporate and private catering events and pop-up restaurant appearances.
Dave currently serves as a Brand Ambassador for Certified Angus Beef Brand®, The Perfect Puree®, Nueske’s and Row Eleven Wines. Dave represents and promotes these brands across the country through cooking demonstrations, recipe creation and attendance at major food events and festivals. Dave also works with Tabasco for on-air television promotions along with producing food/beverage media and influencer events for Johnnie Walker and Chivas Regal.
Dave has been teaching Corporate Team Building Events for clients like Oracle, Cisco Systems and NBC for the last 5 years at The Culinary Loft, SoHo along with American Regional Classes at The French Culinary Institute, NYC and Stonewall Kitchen in Maine.
Firmly believing in giving back to the community, Dave supports several charitable organizations such as the Make-A-Wish Foundation, The American Heart Association, Ronald McDonald House (NYC), Leake & Watts, Greenwich House, Share our Strength (Taste of the Nation) and The Special Olympics.