LOS DOS CHEF DAVID STERLING was born in Oklahoma City, OK. Describing himself as "weaned on chili", Sterling grew up in the Southwestern culinary environment that included everything from chicken fried steak and sausage gravy, to cheese enchiladas and other TexMex dishes.
STERLING HAS STUDIED A RANGE OF CUISINES since he was a teenager, but is most experienced in classic French techniques. After traveling to Mexico in 1972 for the first of many visits, he has focused primarily on Mexican cooking. He credits one of his best friends, a teacher of Mexican cooking in Canada, for sparking that passion as well as teaching him many Mexican recipes.
STUDYING ART AND LANGUAGES as an undergraduate, Sterling holds a Master of Fine Arts in design from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. During the two year program, Sterling also worked as a pantry chef at the highly acclaimed French restaurant Le Bijou, in the nearby Detroit suburb of Southfield. He subsequently continued to hone his knife skills in his own small catering business in the late 1970's. After graduation from Cranbrook, he relocated to New York City, which he made his home for 25 years before moving to Mérida in 2003 to open Los Dos, which features the kitchen of Chef Sterling's dreams. Sterling spends his hours there researching, experimenting and preparing wholly traditional cocina Yucateca. As founder and chef of Los Dos cooking school, he also offers classes in International cuisine to the local population and serves as planning consultant to regional restaurants as well as to global packaged foods manufacturers.
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