Chef Advocate Highlight: David Dickensauge
February 5, 2021
CORKS AND CLEAVER ITALIAN BISTRO
David Dickensauge has scaled great culinary heights to learn from the best in the restaurant industry. Twenty-one years after venturing out on his own, he is blazing his own path as both executive chef for Bin 77 in Baton Rouge, LA and as co-owner and executive chef for Corks & Cleaver in Gulfport, MS.
Beginning in New Orleans, he worked under James Beard Award-winner Jamie Shannon at Commander’s Palace and at New Orleans’ legendary Galatoire’s. With Shannon’s encouragement, he attended and graduated from the Culinary Institute of New Orleans in 1999. Degree in hand, he moved back home for a short time to help open the Beau Rivage Resort & Casino, where he worked with Master Pastry Chef Thaddeus Debois.
Yearning for more experience, Dickensauge embarked upon a culinary adventure. He worked for Chris Hastings as a line cook at Hot and Hot Fish Club and as a sous chef at Café Dupont with Chris Dupont. He also staged for Frank Stitts during his three years with Birmingham’s Highlands Bar and Grill and Bottega Café. He returned to the Deep South in 2013 after several stops at highly acclaimed restaurants in Miami (Norman’s), Chicago (Charlie Trotters), and New York (Per Se and WD 50).
Dickensauge was recognized in 2015 as a Best New Chef in Louisiana and as Best New Chef in 225 Magazine. He has also competed at several competitions throughout the South, specifically taking home honors from the Louisiana Seafood Competition.
Each stop and person along his culinary journey helped Dickensauge cultivate his food style, which he describes as New American Cuisine – complex in nature, built with simple ingredients and abundant in flavor. “Shannon brought out my love for cooking. Hastings taught me how to use local ingredients undisturbed. Dupont taught me how to truly cook with passion and Trotter capped it all by teaching me how to serve my food with excellence at the center of everything,” he said.
After 20 years of sharpening skills and finesse, Dickensauge believes his new restaurant concept, Corks and Cleaver on the Mississippi Gulf Coast will push him to be a greater version of himself, while expanding culinary boundaries in the Deep South.
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