“Chef David’s program was an amazing and eye-opening learning experience. I had no idea that I had so much more to learn. The hands-on lessons and guest speakers gave me a much better understanding on what a career in the food service industry would be like. Continual education and self-improvement is stressed in Military life, and this program is the perfect starting point for transitioning that principle into a civilian vocation.”

– Air Force Participant


“Working under the guidance and tutelage of Chef David was an incredible food and cooking learning experience. From digging fresh horseradish and herbs out of the garden, to the finer points of plating for fine dining, it was an amazing immersion into the culinary world.

The course is not for someone looking for a vacation. There is a tremendous amount to learn, and – while fun and exciting – hard work and learning are the order of the day. This results in an incredibly rewarding experience that teaches lessons that will last a culinary lifetime.”

– A Past Program Participant


About The Instructor


Chef David James Robinson is fast becoming one of the most exciting chefs around today. His cooking-based comprehensive 10-DVD and streaming system – often described as an incredibly essential video cookbook for anyone interested in cooking – is called Learn How to Cook (and eat your mistakes)! It has premiered to great acclaim and, like Chef David, continues to find legions of fans across the country.


Chef David Robinson with Secretary of State Colin Powell

Chef David’s friendly style, welcoming personality and “Can-Do” spirit are on display for tens of thousands of people each week, either via television, the web or in-person appearances. Chef David created and hosted a 14-part cooking series on Weekend Today on NBC/Albany – and has also made over 50 live appearances on the TV program. Additionally, he andLearn How to Cook are now teaching huge numbers of people across the country about the in’s and out’s of simple, easy, fun and delicious cooking – all in a simple and profound “Can-Do” style – now including users in Canada, Australia, South Africa and Japan.


Chef David is also proud to have created Culinary Command Training, an elite and intensive culinary training program for returning U.S. veterans, as well as active military to help them transition into restaurant, hotel, food service and hospitality careers.

Chef David Teaching at an Event for Price Chopper Supermarkets

Chef David Teaching at an Event for Price Chopper Supermarkets


Chef David has been cooking and sharing his joy of food for more than 30 years. For 15 years, he was Executive Chef and Owner of Bezalel Gables Fine Catering & Events in New York’s Hudson Valley, which as a chef, caterer and event planner features luxuriously handcrafted food from home-smoked salmon to artisanal breads; from fresh-made mozzarella to growing his own herbs; from hand-dipped chocolates to ice cream spun from fresh cream milked by hand.

California Wine Cusine


Chef David’s roster of clients and supporters is profound and humbling. He has created menus and events for President George W. Bush, Vice President Al Gore, Senator & Mrs. Edward Kennedy, MTV Networks, The Public Theater, Governor Sarah Palin, Brides magazine, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, Academy-Award winner Philip Seymour Hoffman, Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa of Los Angeles, legendary artist Elsworth Kelly, oil billionaire T. Boone Pickens, Real Simple magazine, Secretary of State Colin Powell, Prime Minister of Great Britain Gordon Brown, New York Jets Coach Rex Ryan, Senator Chris Dodd, Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval, and Anthony Scaramucci of SkyBridge Capital.

His events have included an old-fashioned barn dance, private dinners at the Bellagio Hotel and Resort in Las Vegas, an exotic Ugandan celebration, a mountaintop wedding for 200, a martini party in a Manhattan penthouse, a county-fair-themed party covering ten acres, and a two-week, 6-port birthday extravaganza on the legendary ocean liner Queen Mary 2. He has produced menus, food, floral design and décor for 550 full-scale weddings, events, parties, fundraisers and banquets.

In total, he has fed more than 35,000 happy guests to date.


5Chef David has many ties to the culinary world. He has created recipes and cooking workshops for Different Drummer’s Kitchen Co., where he regularly teaches cooking classes, the American Dairy Council and Price Chopper Supermarkets. He has also written for many home and entertaining magazines and books, including a column on herbs with recipes for Culinary Celebrations Magazine and was the restaurant critic for Hudson Valley Inside Out Magazine. He was also on the Advisory Board for DinnerWhere? magazine. Robinson contributed the section on Boutique Catering to the book Food Jobs by Irena Chalmers, which won the Gourmand Award out of Paris for the best book in the world for food professionals.

Chef David trained at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park (Dean’s List, High-Impact Leadership Scholar) and the Institute of Culinary Education in Manhattan. He is co-founder of Columbia County Bounty, a landmark initiative that connects local farms to local restaurants and chefs in upstate New York. He has working relationships with 30 farms and vineyards for sourcing the freshest ingredients. He has hosted demonstrations and workshops for Eat Smart New York and Cornell and consulted on menu development and recipe creation for regional restaurants. He has appeared as a panelist for the International Association of Culinary Professionals.

In his former life, Chef David was a Vice President at Manhattan ad agency Kirshenbaum & Bond, where he worked on branding campaigns for Dom Pérignon, Grand Marnier, Stella Cheeses, Rioja Wines from Spain and Snapple.
6He is an avid jazz fan and now makes his home in beautiful Salt Lake City. His joy comes from teaching people the wonders of food and how to cook.

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Location & Class Schedule


The next session of Culinary Command will be held from August 15th to September 24th at the Salt Lake Community Action Program facilities in Salt Lake City, Utah.  Interested individuals must apply online through this website.  There is no fee for participating in the program.

Salt Lake CAP’s mission is to empower individuals, strengthen families and build communities through self-sufficiency and education programs.  In addition to Culinary Command, SLCAP also oversees the area’s Headstart Program, various nutrition programs, and heat and weatherization programs for those in need, among others.




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New Schedule

The program is held semi-annually at the historic Bull Mansion in Worcester, Massachusetts (45 minutes from downtown Boston), and is conducted in partnership with the New England Dream Center and their Valiant Veterans program. The next class begins March 1, 2013 and applications are now being accepted.

The Program


Culinary Command Training is a rigorous, elite, intense and extremely fulfilling 45-day program for a select number of veterans or active-duty U.S. military who are committed to learning and/or re-tooling for a career in the culinary arts. [Read more…]

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