David Sanfield, Consulting Director, is also the co-founder of Pitfire Artisan Pizza, a growing mini-chain with nine locations in Southern California. In 2014 Pitfire was ranked the #1 independent pizza chain in the country. Pitfire was nominated for a James Beard design award and in 2011 won first prize from the American Institute of Architecture for its Venice, CA location.
David holds a BA in Psychology and Art History from Michigan State University but felt drawn to the heat of the kitchen while still working on his degree. Upon graduating he moved to San Francisco and immediately began working in some of the city’s best kitchens, most notably, Donatello and Ring’s. He helmed his first kitchen as Chef at age 26. David’s move to Los Angeles was supposed to be temporary. He was hired by veteran restaurateur Sam Duvall to help develop the Food & Beverage program for a Caribbean themed concept that ultimately became the Sugar Shack, a well-loved and successful club/restaurant throughout the 90’s. After 3 years he was hooked on the So-Cal lifestyle and there was never any looking back.
In 1990, Sanfield founded Deluxe Motion Picture Catering. That company enjoyed a successful 14 year run with over 280 film productions to it’s credit, including; Titanic, Men in Black, Catch Me If You Can, American Beauty and True Lies. Contacts from the film industry lead to the design and coordination of many private high profile events including fundraisers for President Bill Clinton and former Texas Governor Ann Richards.
David is a consultant to and an investor in the popular Wexler’s Deli, (Grand Central Market and Santa Monica) He consulted on and was a partner in Superba Food & Bread until its sale in 2015. He now serves as a board member for Pitfire Pizza and continues to advise on that company’s expansion.
Sanfield considers himself a serious vegetable gardener. His other passions include endurance cycling, the visual arts, good design and most importantly, his wife Savannah and their twins, Daisy and Lou.