I met David Stockwell a few years back when I was working on a documentary web series called SMELL TOUCH TASTE. We profiled 4 restaurants in the summer of 2017 and now just two years later, 3 of them are already closed. The only one that’s survived? Faun Restaurant in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn, owned and operated by today’s guest, David Stockwell. The thing is, though, his resume is not something you would’ve bet on. All of the other chefs and owners I interviewed for that web series were career hospitality folks, professionals with impressive credits and beautiful restaurants. David though, changed course mid-career, leaving a steady job as an architect to bring his restaurant dreams to life.
There’s something I really love about how David approaches his work, and I think there’s a lot to be learned in this interview. He has come at this new career in restaurants as a true outsider and so he’s always questioning his decisions, never afraid to say he doesn’t know the answer. It’s a quality I’m trying to bring to my own work these days, and so I was glad to be able to reconnect with him. Enjoy!
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