Chef David Pardo de Ayala
Born in Bogota, Colombia, in 1973, Chef David started cooking almost as early as he started walking. From an early age, the kitchen proved his strongest vocation, and his professional path has been without detour Upon completing his basic culinary studies in the early 1990’s, Chef David became the youngest winner ever of his country's national culinary contest, the Nestle "Toca de Oro," and represented Colombia at gastronomic competitions of continental level.

After a number of years as Chef de Partie in five star hotels and Executive Chef of independent operations, Chef David travelled to New York to further expand his professional scope, attending the prestigious Culinary Institute of America. This was followed by a period of intensive training in Manhattan, where he worked at some of the city's leading restaurants, such as Bouley, Le Bernardin and Lespinasse, and cooked for the rich and famous in the Long Island summer resort town of East Hampton.

Settled in the Philippines in 1997, Chef David opened the prestigious Soleil Restaurant in Makati, and soon after became a founding partner of CASPIAN CONCEPTS, a restaurant management company through which he was involved in the simultaneous development of food and beverage projects of diverse profile, such as Soleil Café Moderne at Greenbelt 2, Aqua Restaurant at The Enterprise Center, and EAST Modern Asian Café and ESSENSES Tea Salon, both at Rustan’s Makati.

As the Corporate Chef of the Discovery hotel group since 2005, Chef David oversees the entire food and beverage operations of Discovery Suites in Ortigas Center, Discovery Country Suites Tagaytay and Discovery Shores Boracay, with a scope of work that includes the skills training of a staff of more than 40 cooks, wine programs and food cost control, working in constant coordination with the sales and marketing department. By 2010, three of Discovery Hotel’s outlets were listed in the Miele Guide to the best restaurant in Asia, among many other honors and recognition garnered from food critics, specialized publications and the public at large.

An innate leader, Chef David speaks fluent English, and Spanish as his native tongue. He is a published feature writer, occasionally contributing for Philippine magazines such as Rogue and FB World.

He is married to the former Gianella Rodriguez and blessed with three-year old daughter Sofia Gabrielle.

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