The Time: March 2020
📍 New York City
Dave Was Working as A Private Chef
and found himself without a job in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Restaurants came to a standstill and thousands of industry folks were out of work, including most of Dave’s friends. Seeing so many glum faces, he started baking cookies to cheer them up.
Cookies Made Sense for Chef Dave
On the opening team at SingleThread Inn, Dave baked the famous cookies guests received in their rooms. His grandfather also operated Stern's, a renowned bakery in Brooklyn in the 1930's. Plus, Dave’s always had a huge sweet tooth. Inspired, Dave spent months perfecting the first chocolate chunk cookie (now known as The OG).
Drawing on French Laundry Experience
Dave used the Thomas Keller method to its utmost over three scorching months during the pandemic summer. Mo, was one of Dave’s first customers. He bought and ate a dozen cookies in one sitting. To make sure he wasn’t dreaming, he talked his neighbor into eating one herself. Her response?
Mo was an Experienced Entrepreneur
Realizing Dave had something magical, Mo built our first order form that very night. The rest is history. Together, Mo and Dave have developed Best Damn Cookies into what it is today: a company focused on elevating the humble cookie into a well-respected culinary tradition.
If it goes into our cookies, we've exhaustively sourced and rated it against our own stringent grading system. We're constantly exploring new cultures and flavor profiles to up our game.
Sourcing Ethically & Sustainably
We strongly believe in our responsibility to leave a better world for future generations. As stewards of the planet, we support indigenous & local farmers and insist on fair-trade practices.
Adding the "Michelin Touch"
With over a decade of experience learning under Thomas Keller (Per Se, The French Laundry) and Kyle Connaughton (SingleThread Inn) Chef Dave treats each cookie like a Michelin-starred restaurant treats their menus.
Curating an Emotional Experience
Good food transports people to another plane of existence - an instantaneous portal to warm memories. We approached every step of our process with these feelings in mind.