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David Mawhinney, Chef, Haven’s Kitchen, New York

David Mawhinney

David Mawhinney made the leap from the financial to the gastronomic after several post-university years at PricewaterhouseCoopers. Beginning at some of the great restaurants of Toronto, Mr. Mawhinney continued on to work under and then with Chef Chris McDonald, one of Canada’s most respected chefs. In 2007, he moved to New York and staged at various fine-dining establishments, before ending up at Thomas Keller’s Per Se for three years. Mr. Mawhinney circulated through every kitchen station, going on to help Chef Benno open Lincoln Ristorante. Mr. Mawhinney moved on to consult with the team behind Wilfe & Nell to open The Wren and The Penrose, while intermittently popping in to teach a Rose & Grilling classes at Haven’s Kitchen. He returned to Haven’s Kitchen full-time as the chef, overseeing all food operations for the space as well as the curriculum for the school.