Weekly Dish: David Tieman

This edition of Weekly Dish features David Tieman, co-founder and co-owner of Five Points Pizza. Although he started as a lawyer, his career change has been pretty successful, landing him on the U.S. World Pizza Team for two years at the World Pizza Championship in Italy. But we found out that there’s more to the man than pizza – check out the interview below.

David Tieman

What’s your favorite easy dish or cocktail to make?
Searing and roasting pork tenderloin. All you really need is a quality piece of meat, a good spice rub and a pan that will go in the oven.

What are your favorite and least favorite food trends?
I guess it’s not really a food trend, but it has been exciting to see the uptick in the number of great and creative new restaurants opening in Nashville in such a short time period. On the other hand, that has created a shortage of service industry employees, so it’s sort of a double-edged sword.

Are there any chefs that have had a big influence on you?
My mom has played the biggest role in shaping my tastes and creativity. I grew up on a farm, and she could always make a meal out of anything we happened to have available. That’s how she taught me to cook – use what you have and never waste.

What’s the best meal you’ve ever had?
It was on a fishing trip in Washington on the Klickitat River. We caught trout in the morning, foraged for morels in the afternoon, and cooked them over campfire coals with butter, salt and pepper.

What are you most excited about doing / seeing / tasting at MCFW?
I’m excited to be around such a level of culinary talent.