Owner / Chef
David Andrews was born in Nashville, Tennessee. He attended Franklin Road Academy and graduated from Wofford College in Spartanburg, South Carolina, where he earned his bachelor’s degree. After college, David joined his family’s business, McClures, a 30,000 square foot specialty store in the heart of Belle Meade. It was there that David first gained knowledge of owning and running a small business.
In 2003, David chased a lifelong dream of moving to New York City and attending the Institute of Culinary Education. He took pastry arts classes in the morning while working at the Barneys department store at night. David became an intern at the three-star Manhattan restaurant, Gotham Bar & Grill, and was offered a job as a pastry cook when he graduated from ICE. During this critical time, he truly learned the importance of hard work.
David spent three and a half years in the Gotham kitchen - one of the most intense, fantastically- creative, learning environments. David worked every shift where he excelled and accelerated his pastry experience. He felt Gotham was the best education any pastry cook could ever ask for in New York City.
After Gotham, David began working at Merkato 55 in the Meatpacking District, where he shaped the pastry program influenced by African-inspired desserts. He later joined a friend in opening Xie Xie, a new quick-serve, Chinese/Vietnamese-inspired restaurant. David’s dessert, the 1000 year old ice cream sandwich, was named one of the best desserts of the year (2009) by both Time Out New York and New York Magazine.
David joined the Kimberly Hotel as the Executive Pastry Chef in the Fall of 2010. By the following spring, David was elevated to Executive Chef of the Hotel where he remained for the next six years. David supervised 20 staff members and ran the kitchen of the $6 million dollar F&B property. He learned every aspect of running a hotel restaurant business - from the balance sheet, to the P&L, to writing menus and motivating the staff. Being in charge of a Manhattan hotel kitchen, David gained major, hands-on business experience.
In the summer of 2016, David realized he had accomplished his dreams in New York. He felt it was time for him to set out on his own to achieve his lifelong dream of opening a bakery and cafe in his hometown of Nashville.