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David Kirschner

Founder, CEO, Executive Chef

CEO and Executive Chef, David Kirschner was born and raised in Marlboro, New Jersey. DK’s life centered around food, visiting local farm markets, and spending time with family around the table each night. After completing an internship at Per Se in NYC, David had a very clear vision of his career path and his true passion. Once he completed a B.S. in Culinary Nutrition at Johnson & Wales, he accepted a Chef de Partie position with Michael Mina to open SeaBlue at the Borgata in Atlantic City.

David then became Sous Chef and worked on two more restaurant openings with The Mina Group before he rejoined Chef David Drake as the Executive Sous Chef to open Daryl Wine Bar in New Brunswick, NJ. There the team worked to open a modern small-plates restaurant and in turn, achieved a James Beard nomination for “Best New Restaurant in America”. After time spent opening and leading the team at W Hotel in Hoboken, David accepted a position at Bar Boulud, Daniel Boulud’s French bistro. In a short time, he became Sous Chef and then Private Dining Chef. He worked closely with the Executive Chefs of Bar Boulud and Boulud Sud, cultivating the unique private dining program and executing menus that represented the styles of each restaurant. Here, David’s excitement for private dining and empowering chefs took flight. 

In 2012, David joined the food media company Tasting Table to run their private dining loft in Soho. There he established his market-inspired cuisine, entertained clients of the company, conceptualized events with their partner brands, and created editorial content. Shortly after, in 2015 dineDK came to life. 

Inspired by his extensive experience entertaining clients, curating menus, vetting chefs, and conceptualizing events, David found inspiration to launch dineDK, a boutique private dining company specializing in custom culinary experiences and private chef staffing services. dineDK showcases David’s commitment to seasonal “market” inspired cooking, creating opportunities for chefs, and cultivating intimate events in order to elevate his clients’ culinary and entertainment needs. Today, dineDK has grown to be one of the premiere private dining companies in the country, executing events and handling the private chef needs for some of Hollywood's top stars, iconic companies, and various gatherings for all his clients.