Local Food Champions

Food Champions

MLFPC would like to highlight local food champions in recognition and appreciation of your dedication to improving the food system in Middlesex-London. Know a food hero? Email info@mlfpc.ca!

David Van Eldik

Born and raised in London Ontario, Executive Chef David Van Eldik was lured into the culinary world when his passion for this industry was recognized at an early age. David went on to study the culinary arts under the guidance of several European Chefs and he learned to develop his own unique style, flair and depth of knowledge. He’s career started in the Hotel industry where he learned a wide range of culinary skills.

David Came to the London Convention Centre and an age of 29 as Sous Chef where he really developed and honed his skills in a banquet style kitchen. Within five years, he was promoted to Executive Chef where he now leads a talented team of Chefs well versed in many styles of cooking.

In 2005 David challenged the Culinary Chef de Cuisine program through the Canadian Culinary Institute and is now part of a very elite group of chefs with the accreditation of CCC (Certified Chef de Cuisine)

David’s culinary philosophy and passion reflects the growing trend towards a healthier and down to earth lifestyle. Working with local farmers, artisans and purveyors to seek out the finest regional and local products, this is the essence of his cuisine. David’s preference is to allow the natural flavours of the food express themselves.

Over the years, David has given back to the culinary industry by developing young chefs from Local high schools, and at the college level, to discover their own unique style and talent the same way that he was encouraged. In 2011 he won the employer apprenticeship award for his efforts in the development of young chefs. David believes in staying active, continuously learning and always having fun.