David Woolley

David Woolley

Chef of fun things to COOK
CD Culinary Approach

Chef David Woolley started working in restaurants when he was 10 years old, folding pizza boxes at his father's Italian restaurant and went on to cook at various restaurants through high school. After spending time in Disneyworld’s chef apprentice program in his early 20’s, he worked at more than a dozen of Disney's four- and five-star restaurants, including Victoria and Albert’s, the Empress Lilly Riverboat and was opening Chef at Artist Point restaurant in Wilderness Lodge. 

Chef Woolley moved from Disney to La Venezia Café as opening sous chef and contributed several of his dessert recipes to the restaurant’s book, The Coffee and Tea Lover's Cookbook. Leaving Florida behind and heading west, Chef Woolley worked at several high-end hotels in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Three years later he found himself opening his own restaurant, co-owned by his father, in southern Colorado.  

In early 2002, Chef Woolley joined The Fort restaurant in Morrison, Colorado as Executive Chef and protégé of owner and food historian Sam Arnold. Famous for it’s western cuisine, The Fort has it’s own cookbook, Shinin’ Times at The Fort in which some of his recipes appear. 

Chef Woolley went on to spend several years as Corporate Executive Chef for Red Robin Gourmet Burgers performing new recipe development and helping hone current menu items. In addition, he helped Red Robin win a Menu Masters award for his creation in the best LTO category in 2008. 

Currently Chef Woolley owns CD Culinary Approach LLC, a culinary consulting company working with clients to provide culinary solutions, menu concept ideation and helping to create seamless transitions between product sourcing, standardizing recipes and new menu roll outs.