Chef Dave Martin to be Presenter at 2011 SVHF

The Sun Valley Harvest Festival is pleased to announce that Chef Dave Martin will be participating in this years Festival.

Chef Dave Martin ( is the inimitable and beloved chef from Bravo TV’s “Top Chef” Season One. Undeniably the most popular chef on the show, he won viewer’s hearts and palates with his intense layering of flavors and vivid descriptions of his dishes. His approachable yet sophisticated take on old classics, like his signature Black Truffle Mac ‘n’ Cheese, made him a hit from the streets of NYC to the shores of St. Tropez. Dave was hand-picked by restaurant mogul Jeffrey Chodorow’s (Social) to cook with his team at the Cannes Film Festival. He was the Executive Chef at “Crave 42″ and consulted for Chow Down, Inc. (VYNL Restaurants-UES & Chelsea locations), He works with and trains culinary teams at the University of Illinois (Champaign-Urbana) and has helped them launched one of their new on-campus dining programs.

Dave’s road into the culinary world was far from traditional. After leaving a successful career and company in the technology industry behind, Dave chose to pursue his real love and passion-cooking and making people smile through his food. He headed back to school and graduated with honors from the Le Cordon Bleu in Pasadena, California. Halfway through the program, he formed his own catering company, ‘As You Wish Catering’, and took on the Executive Chef role at ‘XO Wine Bistro’ in Manhattan Beach, California. He soon built a strong local following of customers that enjoyed his multi-regional cuisine that ranged from Southern Barbecue to Southeast Asian and beyond. Dave’s unique layering of flavors have continued to keep people interested as his ‘Black Truffle Mac ‘n’ Cheese” remains a top seller at the ‘VYNL’ Restaurants in the city. Dave enjoys modernizing and revitalizing old school comfort foods, sometimes even with a lighter and healthier approach thanks to his many years of Southern California coastal living.

In July 2010, he started teaching classes in American Regional Cuisine at The French Culinary Institute for their Recreational Division with more classes slated for 2011. Dave continues to teach at The Culinary Loft for Executives from MTV, Oracle, NBC and other large corporations. Chef Dave supports several charitable organizations including the Make-A-Wish Foundation, The American Heart Association, Ronald McDonald House (NYC), Share Our Strength, Leake & Watts, Greenwich House ,Share our Strength (Taste of the Nation) and The Special Olympics.

Currently, Chef Dave travels around the country for various Food & Wine Festivals, winemaker dinners, consulting projects, auction dinners, corporate and private catering events along with numerous guest chef and pop-up restaurant appearances. Look for his new ‘Flavor Quest’ Line of Rubs & Sauces in Early 2011. Dave is currently consulting for two projects in the city- a specialty sandwich shop featuring Braised Meats and a food truck that will be hitting the streets in May 2011 featuring Belgian Fries and specialty sauces.

Taste, experience, learn and enjoy Chef Martin on Saturday September 24 at the 2011 Sun Valley Harvest Festival

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