Private chef and caterer David Lawrence knew early on that his enthusiasm for cooking and good food would become his career. He grew up in a house where the kitchen was always abuzz with activity and something great was always cooking. He began his culinary journey at the tender age of 8, with such genius dishes as scrambled eggs and Top Ramen, but soon moved on to much more sophisticated fare. Some of his fondest memories center around big meals with friends and family. He learned early the simple pleasures of setting out big platters of food, family-style with great bottles of wine and plenty of laughs. After assisting for years in his mother's kitchen, a woman he describes as a Martha Stewart incarnate, minus the chic poncho and clunky ankle bracelet, he knew his mission was clear. He wanted to feed and entertain people. So, David introduced himself to Los Angeles and its cultural and culinary melting pot in early 1996.