David Van Tassel, a graduate of AB-Tech’s Culinary Arts program, is an Asheville native, which is rare to find even in a city known for its love of all things local. After working in Columbia, South Carolina’s food scene, and various local restaurants, his first Executive Chef position was at Asheville’s The Junction. In 2019, he assumed the role as Executive Chef at Corner Kitchen but had been working at Chestnut (sister restaurant) for two years prior to that.
Son of retired health professionals, and brother to two sisters, David admits to being a boisterous kid with an affinity for the outdoors. That childhood nature shines through in his approach to cooking and plating. He enjoys making “seriously fun” food with “nuanced ingredients.” Preparing meals according to season, staying in a culinary lane, and honoring the whole animal are integral parts of David’s cooking philosophy.
Homelife for him might seem more like farm life to others. At present, David has two dogs, three cats, six chickens, and three ducks named Snap, Crackle, and Pop (a nod to his love of cereal). His two acres in Asheville also bear fruit trees and several lively gardens.
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