David Myers (American chef)
David Myers is an American-born, Michelin-starred chef and restaurateur. Known as the “Gypsy Chef” for his insatiable wanderlust, Myers is based in Los Angeles, but most often found in his restaurants in Tokyo, Singapore, Hong Kong and Dubai. Myers was born in Boston, and grew up in Cincinnati.
Cooking for Myers has always been about the journey. Right from the first cookbook he stumbled across by Chef Charlie Trotter, which led him to leave his hometown of Columbus, Ohio to work with the chef himself in Chicago, to flying to France to work at three Michelin-starred restaurant Les Crayères. New York City was the next stop on David’s portfolio where he worked with Daniel Boulud at his flagship restaurant Daniel. Always ready for change, David moved to Los Angeles in 1998 where he worked under Joaquim Spichal at the acclaimed restaurant Patina.
With a desire to call something his own, Myers opened his first restaurant Sona (Los Angeles), which went on to earn a Michelin star, along with accolades such as Best New Chef by Food & Wine magazine, James Beard nominations for Rising Star Chef and Best Chef – Pacific in 2008 and 2009 and Restaurant of the Year by Angeleno magazine.
Myers then went on to open Pizzeria Ortica in Costa Mesa; French bistro Comme Ҫa in Los Angeles and Las Vegas; the David Myers Café in Tokyo that brought a taste of the American West Coast to the modern Japanese city; Sola, a patisserie in Tokyo; and Hinoki & The Bird in Los Angeles.
Asia has always held a special place for Myers and he has continued through the years to launch more restaurants including Adrift in Singapore, Salt Water in Tokyo, AnOther Place in Hong Kong, Salt Water Kitchen in Nagoya; and 72 Degrees in Ginza.
Myers has made numerous TV appearances on shows such as Iron Chef America, The Today Show, The Early Show, MSNBC’s Your Business, Top Chef, Master Chef US, Master Chef China and Hell’s Kitchen.
In 2017, Myers ventured into Dubai with the opening of BASTA!, Bleu Blanc and Poppy at the Renaissance Downtown Hotel.
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