Regional Culinary Director at The National Exchange Hotel
Award-winning pastry chef, David Rodriguez is now the sous + pastry chef at the historic National Exchange Hotel located in Nevada City, CA. Rodriguez was raised in Southern California, where Mexican cuisine was influential in his life. Rodriguez earned his Patisserie and Baking certificate at The Le Cordon Bleu program at the California School of Culinary Arts in Pasadena. Rodriguez’s newfound interest led him to work in various places and gain experience in all aspects of the kitchen. Rodriguez has trained under Chef Michael Cimarusti and Adrian Vasquez at Providence in Los Angeles, Chef Jordan Kahn at XIV by Michael Mina, and Michael Mina’s Corporate Chef Lincoln Carson. Rodriguez also helped open Red Medicine with Chef Jordan Kahn acting as both Pastry and Sous Chef. In 2011, Rodriguez returned to Providence as Executive Pastry Chef, earning a StarChefs Rising Star Pastry Chef Award in 2014. Then decided to take a leap of faith and opened Buho Bakery in Nevada City, CA honing in on his love for making bread from scratch. Rodriguez is now the sous + pastry chef at the historic National Exchange Hotel in Nevada City, CA working alongside Executive Chef Tom Bevitori.