executive chef David Jean Marteau has been cooking and traveling around
the world for over twenty years. David’s recipes aim to awaken the
senses, turn the ordinary into the spectacular, and educate the palettes
of his international clientele. Not satisfied with the traditional,
well-known recipes of Western cuisine, he reshapes, reconstructs, and
delivers on his promise of great food for the most astute food critic to
the homegrown foodies looking to spice up their cooking.
Born and raised in Normandy, France, he understands the
meaning of delicious food. Chef David began his career as an apprentice
and graduated from the CFA (Centre de Formation des Apprentis) in Le Mans.
Always looking for adventure and a chance to create recipes from around
the world, Chef David’s work has taken him to world-class cities such as
Paris, Brussels, Montreal, and Shanghai.
In 1999 David migrated to Montreal, Canada. Montreal
served as the perfect backdrop for Chef David to experiment and perfect
his recipes, while experiencing the rigors of being an executive chef
serving a multicultural clientele as well as some celebrities, such as
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, actresses Halle Berry, Queen Latifah,
actor Robert Carlyle, NBA superstar Yao Ming and president Georges Bush
Senior, to name a few.
In 2004 Chef David was rated one of the “Top 5”
chefs in Canada in the Tabasco National Contest.
In 2005 Chef David was also rated one of the “Top 30”
best chefs in Canada in the Nestle National Competition.
In 2007 David and his family moved to Shanghai, China.
Although strongly focused on his career as an executive chef at the
Parkyard Hotel, he still manages to make appearances at regional cooking
competitions and aims to mentor young Chinese chefs in the art of Western
cooking. In recognition of his contribution to the culinary arts, David
was inducted into the Chaîne des Rôtisseurs Shanghai chapter as well as
the Canadian Culinary Federation in the summer of 2010. Then in 2012
inside the famous French culinary association of “The Escoffier Society”
greater China chapter.
Chef David is also the author of: “Creative
cooking for the global kitchen”