We're Talking with Restaurant Architect Stephen Francis Jones!
What's Cookin' Today Hour TWO:
We're Talking with Chef David Paul of David Paul's Island Grill!
Chef David Paul and his former Lahaina Grill were bestowed Gourmet Magazine's "America's Top Tables" award. He has appeared on The Today Show and onthe Discovery Channel. He was selected as Johnson & Wales Culinary College's 98th Distinguished Visiting Chef and he owns David Paul's Island Grill.
From humble beginnings and a seriously troubled adolescence, David Paul Johnson elevated himself to one of Hawai'i's brightest culinary stars. He has turned a teenage passion for cooking into a brilliant career.Johnson's culinary stomping ground for the last two decades is a far cry from the first chapter of his extraordinary story. "I was in a juvenile detention center. We were allowed to watch only Public Television and I became enthralled with Julia Child. That was it for me," he recalls. He was 14 when he got a job washing dishes at a pizza parlor in his hometown of Salt Lake City. Stints at places like the Roadway Inn and IHOP followed. Two years later - in 1974 - he met his mentor. "Max Mercier took me in as an apprentice, taught me the basics of French cooking and encouraged me to learn more on my own. Eventually I spent time in Paris, Mexico and Japan. Without his help, I hate to think of where I might have ended up."
We're hearing more about his journey!
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