This Cheltenham native began his training at Philadelphia's The Restaurant School and spent the next 26 years honing his skills & perfecting dishes while cooking at renowned local favorites such as Serrano, Judy’s Café, Rittenhouse Hotel & Lucy’s Hat Shop.
David then began to spend time broadening his culinary skills in Sweden and Miami Beach, including a stint at the prestigious, Delano Hotel.
Deciding to break out on his own in 2001 Ansill started First with Pif, an intimate French bistro with a daily changing menu.
In 2006, he opened
Ansill Food + Wine,
a remarkable tapas inspired restaurant drawing influences from France, Italy & Spain.
By 2009, Ansill had landed at Ladder 15, where he continued to bring his innovative style & direction to life. And in July of 2012, Ansill teamed up with old friend, Owen Kamihira as the Executive Chef of Bar Ferdinand, a traditional yet creative Spanish wine & tapas bar in Philadelphia's Northern Liberties community.