David Siegel is a Registered Dietitian, chef, and culinary instructor living in Brooklyn, NY. Drawing on experience from thousands of hours designing and leading hands-on culinary classes and demonstrations, and working as a chef and food entrepreneur in three different cities.
David has been teaching culinary skills and nutrition concepts to thousands of people over the past eight years. He completed a Master of Science degree in Nutrition at Brooklyn College and the Dietetic Internship program at Hunter College. He is particularly interested in helping families develop healthy eating habits and how culinary exploration can play a role in youth development as well as leading to positive health outcomes. His research includes building the proper foundation for these habits starting from birth. David translates his knowledge into practice in the classroom, community, and at home with his wife and young son.
David has been cooking for most of his life. He started working at restaurants while still in high school and studied Hospitality Administration at Boston University. He cooked through college and continued slinging pots and pans after graduation in Boston and then in Portland, Oregon, a city that tuned him in to the beauty of cooking simply with seasonal ingredients and the importance of a sustainable food system. There, he worked with well known local chefs, started a pop-up supper club and was the executive chef of Belly Timber Restaurant in Southeast Portland. David presided over the kitchen and a weekly-changing menu there for two years. But the East Coast was calling him back. Before answering that call, he spent nearly a year traveling and eating his way through Asia and Europe.