Like everything else I know, I learned how to cook from my mother. I come from a big family, and every night my mother cooked flavorful meals in huge quantities. I started helping her cook for my nieces and nephews when I was 9 years old. 

I pursued a career in music, but eventually found my way back to cooking. I enrolled in culinary school, where I learned the technical terms for things my mother had taught me years ago. 


From there, I bounced back and forth between various 5 star restaurants in Los Angeles. 


In 2015, I started my own food truck with my fiancé (The Carnival Truck). By the end of the year, we were booking more catering jobs than food truck jobs, and thus The Catering Carnival was born. 

In addition to my catering services, I work as a private chef in my client's homes, cooking 3-5 course meals for their family and friends. I also offer meal delivery for my clients looking to eat healthy and lose weight, and offer in person training for individuals or groups. 

Some of my more unique services include the ability to be on site and cook personalized menus (something I did for the Strongest Man in the World Hafthor Bjornsson's KFC Commercial in 2018), and the ability to offer cooking demonstrations for any number of people (something I did recently for Macy's - a cooking demonstration at their facility for 40 of their guests). I was also approached by Buzzfeed to participate in their Little Tikes commercial for the popular food truck toy. 

​I always try to give my own flare to the meals I cook, and am always up for a challenge. I once had a catering event with a menu full of traditional Indian style cuisine. My client and their guests were thrilled with what they were served. 

I am always open to opportunities, collaborations and special events. I look forward to cooking for you! 

Chef J David

The Catering Carnival