David Shewmaker

Certified House Manager
Certified House Manager
  • Washington D.C., United States of America
  • June 26, 2019

David is a House Manager and Personal assistant that can provide to Principals, elders, family, guests, and pets. He is equipped to have full control over the house, its maintenance, and budgets. He also has skills for menu developing, inventory stock, and organizational layout. He is a dynamic and service oriented teacher and leader. David has direct and clear communication and can solve problems through insight and creative thinking. He is a team builder and wants people strong around him to all work with the same common goal to manage a household properly. He is highly trained in this field and also possesses consulting and culinary tourism experience. He has also done extensive culinary work and helped in folk events.



Executive Chef @ Contemporary American Craft Beer Restaurant
Jan 2010 — Jan 2014

Opened successful 200-seat restaurant with $1.8 million in food sales and $4.5 million in total sales. Maintained a 28–32 percent food cost and a 20–24 percent kitchen labor cost. Developed all menus, recipes, pricing and techniques. Hired, trained and supervised BOH staff of twenty. Trained all FOH staff to understand our cuisine and methods used in preparation. Built relationships with local farms and producers as well as corporate vendors. Developed strong sanitation program including commercial composting. Implemented Cheftech software to assist with inventories, recipes and food cost. Used Focus POS system to project food sales, staffing needs and labor cost. Planned, implemented and publicized special, promotional and charitable events. Received positive support and reviews from the Washington Post Going Out Guide.

House Manager and Private Chef @ Private Home
Jan 2008 — Dec 2008

Live-in position. Cooked three meals a day, served late-night guests, and executed events and parties at a variety of times. Served early morning coffee followed by breakfast in bed. Maintained car collection including Range Rover, Bentley, Ferrari, BMW, Porsche, and Jeep. Flower arranging, including shopping at the wholesale flower market. Light cleaning.

House Manager and Private Chef @ Private Household
Jan 2003 — Jan 2017

Worked full time during two different periods, 2003–2007 and 2015–2017, maintaining the relationship and working on-call during intervening years. Service to distinguished couple in a relaxed but formal setting, providing elder, hospice, family and guest care, entertaining and special diet needs. Supervised staff of three home health care workers and two housekeepers. Managed medical staff and additional outside vendors. Maintained principals’ calendar. After their passing, documented and managed complex logistics of dispersal of possessions to family in locations across the country, as well as academic papers to Vassar College, fine art to Christie’s for auction and to storage facility. Oversaw creation of memorial website and calendar. Supervised remodel of home for market sale. Installed smart home security system.

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With thirty years of diversified hospitality experience, David's management, culinary and service backgrounds include private estates, commercial kitchens in restaurants and luxury hotels, and event operations. His career has been built on a foundation of strong leadership, flexibility, attention to detail, openness to learning, and a genuine love of bringing happiness to others.

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