Chef David Haydon at Il Davide

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901 A. Street
San Rafael, CA 94901
415-454-8080
www.ildavide.net


Biography:

It was 35 years ago when I walked into a restaurant kitchen.  I remember the smells of stocks and soups reducing, and watching the busy, focused crew ready themselves for dinner service.  I was placed in a small scullery area to peel carrots – 50 lb. sacks! Looking around as I peeled I wondered, how did all this work?  I definitely wanted to learn more. I had been working since I was 15 at various jobs, including paperboy, construction, painter, and gas station attendant, but this was different. I felt an excitement and curiosity I had never felt before. Was this going to be something important in my life?           

I was hired to wash dishes at one of the most respected and busiest French restaurants in the bay area, La Petit Auberge in San Rafael, California.  As I washed the scalding hot pots and scrubbed the caked on food pans at a furious pace and under pressure to keep up with the service, I realized this was heaven for me and I was in the right place.  My journey was launched into one of the most exciting, unpredictable, baffling and difficult businesses.    

I worked my way up the kitchen ladder at various restaurants and eventually chose my favorite italian cuisine to focus on.  At the age of 23, I opened my first restaurant, Café Ristorante Italia, as a junior partner. Seven years later, going solo, Il Davide was born.

My style of cooking is Northern Italian influenced by local ingredients.  I strive to create dishes that have big flavors, consistency, and presentation with local fresh ingredients.