David Pardo de Ayala was born in Bogota, Colombia, and in 1990, became the youngest winner ever of his country's national culinary contest, the Nestle "Toca de Oro." After a number of years as chef de partie in five star hotels and as Executive Chef of independent operations, David travelled to New York to expand his professional scope and attend the prestigious Culinary Institute of America.
In Manhattan, he worked at some of the city's leading restaurants, such as Bouley, Le Bernardin and Lespinasse and cooked for the rich and famous in the Long Island summer resort town of East Hampton.
When he settled in the Philippines in 1997, David opened the prestigious Soleil Restaurant in Makati. He also worked as Chef of Aqua Restaurant at the Enterprise Center and of Soleil Cafe Moderne at Greenbelt 2.
David is currently the Resident Manager of Discovery Suites, but continues to oversee the F&B operations of Discovery Country Suites and Discovery Shores Boracay.
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