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#BEScene: Getting Intimate with Chef Sammy Davis

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“To say that I came from humble BEginnings would BE an understatement; I came from horrible BEginnings…”  This excerpt from the forthcoming book by Celebrity Chef Sammy Davis titled “CHOPPED AND CHEWED” gives a little insight into the life and times of this amazing chef.

As if BEing born to a teenage heroin addict wasn’t enough, years later, Chef Davis lost his father to a brutal and senseless murder. At the age of 8, Davis was sent to live with relatives who instead of helping just poured more fuel on the fire by abusing him and his sister. They both grew very tired of the abuse and left the home to seek refuge in the streets of North Philly. By chance, young Sammy happened to  stumble upon a restaurant  while he was looking for any type of work that he could find. One restaurant gave him a chance to work as a dishwasher for $20 a day. With this meager living, Chef Sammy managed to provide for and take care of himself. He was determined that his life would not have the same end as his father. He embraced the restaurant business and it, in return, embraced him. “In some weird type of way you could say that restaurants saved my life”. He was determined that his life would not have the same end as his father. He embraced the restaurant business and it, in return, embraced him. “In some weird type of way you could say that restaurants saved my life”. After working in New York City’s AMY RUTH’S COMMUNE, followed by a brief stint at NOBU, NY under Chef Nobu, from whom he learned the art of using fresh fish daily, Davis fell under the guidance of Chef phenom, Jeffrey Slade. Chef Davis also worked under Chef Roy Yamagucci (Roys) where he worked his way up from dishwasher to executive sous chef. Chef Sammy has also had the pleasure of working under Chef KochiChiba, who was #1 Kaseki chef (tapas) by USA TODAY.

Chef Davis was the winner of $10,000 in a redemption competition episode of ‘Chopped’ on the Food Network. Chopped is a cooking competition show that is all about skill, speed and ingenuity. Each week, four chefs compete to take a mystery basket of ingredients and turn them into a dish that is judged on their creativity, presentation, and taste with minimal time to plan and execute.
Chef Sammy later won D.C.’s BEST MAIN DISH in 2011. Davis was also the brains and consultant BEhind some very well-known restaurants such as: CR LOUNGE (CREAM LOUNGE), THE RESERVE, MILAN and AZUL 17, just to name a few. The newly elected Mayor of Baltimore, Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, was quoted saying, “His talent and food is some of the BEst. We are glad to now have him in our city.”

The newly elected Mayor of Baltimore, Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, was quoted saying, “His talent and food is some of the BEst. We are glad to now have him in our city.”


Chef Davis has won many awards in Atlanta, including “BEst Tapas” 2006 and has had several appearances on GOOD DAY ATLANTA. All of which is good BEcause that is where he plans to pick up from, “…right where I left off at… I feel like I’m back!” In 2012 he opened The Park Market Deli in Grant Park, this local store served as market, deli, butcher shop and farmers market and was the neighborhood meeting place for Atlanta “foodies. Today, Chef Davis continues to serve as the private chef for many of Atlanta’s most prominent business executives and celebrities and hosts Atlanta’s #1 cooking class, BEhind the Kitchen Door, twice a month.

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