After pursuing a degree in English at the University of Redlands, Dave wound up in a career tied to the technology industry. He was soon running own successful firm in Newport Beach, the money came easy but something was missing. He was constantly entertaining and putting together parties and cooking for friends and family to keep him going. Upon the technology market crash of 2000, Dave lost almost everything and made the choice to start over again and to pursue his true passion and love for food. He was then inspired to make a different kind of dough and chose to attend culinary school at the Le Cordon Bleu in Pasadena and graduated with honors. While still enrolled in school, Dave formed his own catering company, As You Wish. Additionally, Dave took on the Executive Chef role at XO Wine Bistro in Manhattan Beach. He soon built a strong local following of customers that enjoyed his multi-regional cuisine that ranged from Southern BBQ to Southeast Asian. Dave has a true love and passion for food and people, and enjoys bringing the two together. Dave is busy planning his next food related venture.