World-renowned chef David Burke's playful balloon, egg and artwork collection at David Burke Townhouse happens to also be his possession obsession. After becoming interested in blown glass pieces, he curated his collection of these whimsical trinkets from a local art shop in Englewood, NJ. He's been addicted ever since! The chef is also an entrepreneur, artist and inventor - building a worldwide food brand that has become nothing short of iconic. Turns out his food is an extension of his collection, with just as much whimsy and eccentricity. Monica Rich Kosann photographed him at David Burke Townhouse among his precious objects, and we took an inside look into the man behind this restaurant empire...
How did you come to own your heirloom?
After learning about Dale Chihuly and my love for the arts, I became interested in blown glass pieces. This is when I went to a local art shop in Englewood, NJ and purchased my glass blown balloons.
How do you live with your heirloom?
I have the glass balloons hanging in my flagship restaurant, David Burke Townhouse.
Who in your life has most influenced your personal style and taste?
I have been very influenced by travel in my life. Traveling has allowed me to understand and be influenced by new cultures, new people, chefs and restaurateurs.
Fill in the blank: Whenever I look at __________ I can’t help but smile.
A piece of artwork of mine, especially the Humpty Dumptys.
What’s the best part of your day?
I enjoy the morning drive on my way to the office.
Describe your ideal day.
Getting up early, having a cup of coffee and beginning my day in the office. I then will work on projects, meet with my team, get back to the office and stop by a few of my restaurants for dinner.
What is your favorite place to shop for antique/vintage pieces?
Local shops in Mystique, CT., West Andover, NJ., and Newport, RI.
What was the most memorable gift you’ve ever given or received?
Dear close friends of mine, Dale and Doug Anderson, gave be a Chihuly piece about 20+ years ago and it is the most memorable gift. They really opened up my eyes to Chihuly and I am now an art curator of Chihuly - plus many more.
What was your last purchase that you believe will mean something to you ten years from now?
My driftwood, wooden sculpture which I purchased in Sonoma, CA.
*Photo by Monica Rich Kosann