208 Talbot in Saint Michaels, MD has been recognized as a DiRōNA Awarded restaurant since 1996!
The mastermind behind the 208 Talbot kitchens is David Clark. Recently voted Best Chef on the Eastern Shore 2012 by the readers of What’s Up Magazine, David is a 25+ year veteran of the industry.
Raised on “the shore’ in Centerville, David humbly began his culinary adventure in high school as a steamer at Harris Crab House. After obtaining his Physical Education degree from Frostburg State University in 1991, he soon realized that his true passion lay in cooking. He then enrolled in the Baltimore International Culinary College, graduating in 1995.
He honed his skills in several area restaurants while working toward his degree, such as Fisherman’s Inn and The Kent Manor Inn. His first Executive Chef position presented itself at the helm of Hemingway’s Restaurant. He succeeded in gaining local notoriety and a loyal following of diners.
Eager to study under a noted chef, David also spent time in the kitchen of 208 Talbot under its original Chef/Owner Paul Milne. He considers this period a valuable mentorship.
David soon realized his desire to chart his own course as a Chef and Owner. He opened Julia’s in his hometown of Centerville in 2003, receiving several accolades including a four-star review from the noted restaurant reviewer Elizabeth Large of the Baltimore Sun and a score of 27 for food from Zagat.
Following his 7-year run at Julia’s, David took on the challenge of being the opening Executive Chef to the 200 seat waterfront establishment Bridges. After two years of success here, David, along with Co-Owner Curt Cummings, formally of Scossa and the original 208 Talbot, became aware of the vacant 208 Talbot. The idea of returning to such a special place that was so influential to both careers was impossible to resist. Together with property owner Paul Milne, 208 Talbot is once again a dining destination for both locals and visitors alike.