David Carter, founder of SMOKESTAK opened his first permanent restaurant site on Sclater St, Shoreditch in November 2016. David launched SMOKESTAK onto the London street food scene in 2013 and has since carved his way through the UK festival circuit, as well as becoming a mainstay at many of the Street Feast sites. Delivering simple, no-nonsense ‘cue to the masses’, SMOKESTAK has earned a cult following for its prime USDA brisket, pork and beef ribs.
Born and raised in Barbados, David’s early life was centred on outdoor living and open fire cooking. Leaving the island in 2003, David moved across the world to study hospitality and tourism management at Ryerson University in Canada. After he graduated, he moved to the US where he took up a management role with respected hotel group Four Seasons Los Angeles. In 2008 David moved to London to join Gordon Ramsay at Claridge’s as assistant manager, then on to restaurant manager for the re-opening of The Savoy Grill. After three and a half years with Gordon Ramsay Holdings, David took on the General Manager role at award- winning Japanese restaurant Roka. Three years later, he decided to fold in the day job, buy a 4.5 tonne smoker in Houston, USA, and embark on a barbecue pilgrimage from Texas to Dalston.