It’s easy to understand why David Howard—who was born in the same home as Admiral Lord Nelson in Burnham Thorpe, Norfolk, England—has a thirst for travel and adventure. Hospitality industry veteran and chef by trade, Howard developed a strong reputation for his work ethic and his career-long commitment to strive to be the best in all aspects of his restaurants.
His cooking interest began early. At 8 years old, he had already announced his intention to be a chef and frequently locked himself in the kitchen at the family farm in rural England to bake cookies. At 16, Howard followed his creativity and passion for cooking to culinary school. Upon graduation, he received an invitation to serve his culinary apprenticeship at the world-renowned Claridge’s of London. He then lived and worked in Genève, Switzerland, Copenhagen, Denmark, Dublin, Ireland, and Bermuda before fulfilling his dream and immigrating to the USA, “the land of opportunity,” in 1972.
Once in the United States, Howard worked in Virginia, Florida, Georgia, Colorado, New Jersey, and South Carolina. Then in 1991, he opened his first restaurant, Chicago’s Steak and Seafood, in Roswell, GA.
In 2001 Howard founded a restaurant management company Neighborhood Dining Group (NDG) to oversee the growth of additional business opportunities in Charleston, SC, and partnered with a group of local investors. That successful partnership has blossomed into multiple restaurants in three states throughout the South.