Dave was born in Tachikawa, Tokyo, Japan in 1971. He grew up and went to school in Japan. Starting in middle school, he attended a Department of Defense school on the military base there. In 1988, he moved to the U.S. He has been a sushi chef for 15 years and even opened a couple of restaurants in Albuquerque. Dave worked at Menaul School from 1997 to 2005, came back in 2007, and has been here ever since.