David Schneider’s passion for hospitality and food began in Huntsville, Alabama where he enjoyed helping his parents prepare elaborate meals for family and friends. It was during these formative years that he discovered the joy food and wine brought to others through his service.
David followed his love of film and food to New York City’s Columbia University and the Institute of Culinary Education (ICE). He began his professional career as a captain at Petrossian followed by two years in the kitchen at 71 Clinton Fresh Food. After returning to the front of the house and working as a server at various Italian restaurants, David entered management at USHG’s MoMA Cafes before joining the opening management team at A Voce Columbus. In 2011, David joined the Altamarea Group’s Marea as a Floor Maitre d’. Marea’s energy, excitement, and camaraderie convinced him that he had found his niche with AMG. David left Marea to become the opening General Manager of Ristorante Morini and then Ai Fiori. David now brings his love for fine dining, passion for hosting others, and earnest desire to share gracious hospitality as Director of Ai Fiori and Vaucluse, Altamarea Groups first French restaurant.