Like many aspiring chefs, Paul King, Executive Chef of Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse in Foxborough, learned much of what he knows from the influence of his mother’s cooking. King began his restaurant career at the age of fifteen, working in a variety of positions throughout the area, including Center Stage in Quincy and the Paris 26 in Newton.
In 1991, King met Steve DiFillippo and found his way to Davio’s where he started out as a Line Chef at the Newbury Street location and was quickly promoted to Sous Chef. In 1996, he assumed the position of Executive Chef at Davio’s Cambridge. King’s love of food is evident in his contribution to the development of the concept at Avila Modern Mediterranean. In 2008 he left Avila to open Davio’s Foxborough.
King enjoys helping acquaint aspiring chefs with the joys of cooking and promoting the food service industry as a possible career choice. He has worked with the American Institute of Wine & Food and within the Boston and Brockton Public School systems, providing job-shadowing projects, training sessions and career involvement activities for high school students considering careers in the industry.
In Foxborough he is constantly mentoring aspiring Chef’s attending Johnson and Wales and he is greatly involved with the Tri-County Regional Vocational and Technical High School Cooperative Educational Program where he is planting the seeds of fine cuisine in young minds.
When asked about his love for the business, King says, “I truly enjoy promoting this industry – I’m a perfect example of how dedication, a strong commitment and hard work can pay off when learning and succeeding in this business.”