Chef David Kolotkin was raised in the kitchen. Watching his mother prepare delicious home-cooked meals and bonding with his father while food sizzled and sautÃ©ed in the background, Kolotkin gained a strong veneration and respect for the culinary arts. His passion ran deep, so he decided to pursue a life dedicated to preparing gastronomical delicacies for others. His creativity and inventive style in the kitchen have garnered him worldwide renown. Armed with his three favorite toolsâ€”chefâ€™s knife, sautÃ© pan, and his handsâ€”he creates tantalizing dishes such as dry-rubbed, double-cut veal chops with sweet potato soufflÃ© and brined steak with fennel purÃ©e and apricot-raisin compote.
Working his way from the line into the upper epicurean echelons, Kolotkin apprenticed at the 21 Club. There, he met Chef Michael Lomonaco, who was so impressed with Kolotkinâ€™s skills that he became his mentor and lifelong friend. Following his apprenticeship, Kolotkin was offered a position with the restaurant. Jobs with other notable fine-dining establishments soon followed, including Butterfield 81, Aretskyâ€™s Patroon, and Windows on the World. Famed as a place where â€œkosher beckons the cool crowd,â€ the Prime Grill in New York City enlisted him as their executive chef. A well-experienced and innovative cook, he brought international recognition to the restaurant. Kolotkin is the executive chef at both the Prime Grill and Solo.
Kolotkin graduated from the Culinary Institute of America, where he was voted Most Likely to Succeed. When not mastering the Zen of cooking in the kitchen, he enjoys skydiving, water skiing, snow skiing, and hiking with his wife in New York City, New York.