2019 Talent

David Rule

Chef & Owner, The Walnut Kitchen

A native of Maryville, TN, David Rule found his passion for hospitality at a young age. David started working in a small family owned restaurant in his hometown at the age of 15. The restaurant scene quickly made a tremendous impact on David’s future. The hustle and bustle, the need for multi-tasking skills, and most importantly providing amazing experiences for guest are what drew him to this demanding profession. With over 18 years of experience in the hospitality industry he has honed his skills along side some of the top hospitality leaders in the region. These include stints with Aubrey’s Restaurant Group, Dancing Bear Lodge, and Blackberry Farm. Through these experiences David has developed a unique style that is as calm, confident, relaxed, and as laid back as his demeanor. As the Chef and Proprietor of The Walnut Kitchen his vision is ingrained into the level of hospitality and cuisine that is provided.