David began in learning Commercial Cooking and Culinary Arts in Sydney Technical College. Through a series of practice and development in Asia, his culinary repertoire finally flourished during his time as General Manager and Executive Chef in Sir Terence Conran’s flagship restaurant Mezzo in London. He elevated the restaurant to a world-renowned status, won the place countless accolades for inspired dinning and gained his first public acclaim there.

After he arrived in Shanghai, in 2003, he launched his namesake restaurant Laris at Three on the Bund designed by Michael Graves, which quickly set the tone of the city’s contemporary fine dining scene and became a landmark. He later continually created a variety of exciting new concepts for the local market, including Le Sheng, a Best Shanghainese Cuisine winner. His restaurants and practice have gained him varieties of awards, among those are prestigious ones like Lifestyle Asia Hot 10 Restaurants, Best Restaurant HK Tatler, Innovative Restaurants Time Out Beijing, Restaurant of the Year – That’s Shanghai, Best Continental Restaurant – Modern Weekly.