“My job is to think of new ingredients, equipment, and techniques for chefs. There are not many people with my job description in the world.” – Dave Arnold

Before becoming a culinary technology innovator, Dave Arnold attended Yale University, where he earned his B.A. in Philosophy as well as Columbia University’s School of the Arts, where he earned his M.F.A. in Performance Sculpture. Arnold was a man of many hats, having worked as a paralegal, performance artist, and pizza deliveryman.

As he wrote food science and machinery articles for Food Arts magazine, he caught the attention of editor, Michael Batterberry. Batterberry mentored Arnold and introduced him to the vast culinary world. In 2004, Arnold continued to educate himself on the culture, history, science, commerce, and production of food and drink by beginning plans to eventually open the Museum of Food and Drink (MOFAD). Arnold’s hobby became a profession in 2005 when The French Culinary Institute approached him to join the Culinary Technology Department.

While at FCI, Arnold taught food technology courses and helped young student chefs achieve their goals, using techniques and ingredients. In addition to experimenting with culinary and mixology tools, Arnold seeks for greater creativity. Dave Arnold created Cooking Issues, a radio show hosted via Heritage Radio Network, and broadcasted in the back of Roberta’s Pizza in Brooklyn every Tuesday afternoon. Listeners tune in to ask Dave questions about food science and technology, experimenting with ingredients, exceptional techniques, and kitchen myths. He can solve any cooking dilemma thrown his way.

“What you get by learning new techniques isn’t just using a fancy piece of equipment. What you get is a mindset of how to cook, how to think about food, how to be precise, how to observe, how to be focused.  – Dave Arnold 

Arnold joined forces David Chang and his Momofuku Group in 2012 to champion his innovation and technical insight to the craft cocktail with the opening of Booker and Dax in Manhattan’s Lower East Side. Located in the back of Momofuku Ssäm Bar on 2nd Avenue, the intimate bar was devoted to cutting-edge cocktail techniques. Booker & Dax, named after Arnold’s two sons, was originally intended as an endeavor between Chang and Arnold to create contemporary cooking equipment supplier for professional and recreational chefs alike.

In 2013, Arnold opened the Museum of Food and Drink in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn via a KickStarter campaign, with over $100,000 in funds raised for MOFAD’s first exhibition. MOFAD is a global center that hosts cooking classes, tastings, seminars, and science demonstrations that are available to the public. The museum is on the verge of becoming the largest to incorporate edible exhibits, and additionally features galleries, workshop spaces, and a café. The goal of MOFAD is to reach the public and inspire people with cuisine and the culinary arts.

Signing a double-book deal with world renowned cookbook editor Maria Guarnaschelli via W.W Norton & Company Publishing, Arnold released Liquid Intelligence: The Art & Science of the Perfect Cocktail in November 2014. The beginning of his book starts with simple experiments, such as how to freeze crystal-clear ice cubes, but advances to techniques such as how to nitro-muddle basil to avoid browning. Arnold shares his tips and secrets to shaking the perfect cocktail. Liquid Intelligence features more than 120 recipes, almost 450 color pictures, and practical tips for preparing drinks by the pitcher.

After years of praise among NYC cocktail sippers, being called one of the ‘Best Bars for Cocktails in NYC’ by GrubStreet, it was announced that the brick & mortar would close in October 2016 along with the Ssäm Bar as David Chang works on rebranding the Momofuku location. While there is currently a Booker & Dax void in the hearts of New Yorkers, Dave Arnold plans to eventually reopen a stand-alone location for the beloved bar.

 “A little dose of science will do you good. Think like a scientist and you will make better drinks. Any reasonable shaking technique that lasts at least 10 seconds, using almost any kind of ice, can make a delicious and consistent shaken cocktail.”  Arnold gushed during his 90-minute seminar on The Science of Shaking with The Wall Street Journal.

Right around the 2016 closing of Booker & Dax, Dave Arnold returned to the ICC as Associate Dean of Culinary Technology to teach 2 new mixology focused courses, “Liquid Intelligence” and “Cooking Issues.” Arnold continues to speak at cocktail and culinary technology conferences across the country and regularly teaches at Harvard’s Science and Cooking Lecture Series.

“One of my favorite things to do is teach people how to apply new techniques, technologies, and ingredients in a practical way. I’m excited to return to the ICC and pick up where I left off teaching culinary technology.”  Dave Arnold
  • Dave Arnold is the founder of The Museum of Food and Drink
  • Arnold won the 2015 James Beard Award for Best Beverage Book for Liquid Intelligence
  • 2015 recipient of the IACP Jane Grigson Award for Liquid Intelligence
  • Host of the weekly podcast Cooking Issueson Heritage Radio Network
  • Arnold has been featured in various publications including The Atlantic, Time, Food & Wine, Esquire, The Economist, and Popular Science
  • Arnold has appeared as a guest on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Martha Stewart Living, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, CNN’s Next List, and the Today Show.