Green Festival Speakers

David Blackmon

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Chef David Blackmon's first love is the passion for cooking and excitement in the kitchen. He has 20 years experience as a professional chef.


David’s career started with a family-owned catering company while attending high school. David received culinary training at Kendall College in Evanston, IL. He put the love of his art on the “back burner” to work for a well-known Chicago newspaper upon receiving his BA in Media Communications from Chicago State University.


Chef Blackmon’s culinary approach has a Southwestern, Italian, Southern, and Asian flair. Never forgetting his family’s roots in soul food, David does updated dishes with a healthy twist.


Currently David is Program Coordinator of the Agricultural Science, Hospitality & Culinary Arts Programs with Chicago Public Schools (CPS).


David enjoys spending time with his wife and their twin children, son David II and daughter Maya. He is currently working on his first cookbook entitled, The Way to Her Heart. And yes, he does cook occasionally at home.