Dave Kad (aka Devindra Kadarnauth) left Guyana for New York when he was nine years old. Observing the great cooks in his family, how they "layered the flavors," he began teaching himself after school, starting with deviled eggs. He thought about becoming either a cook, a carpenter, or an architect, but ended up graduating college with a data processing degree.
While Dave worked for big corporations, his colleagues always hit him up for restaurant suggestions. After his job was re-assigned to India and he took a series of consulting gigs, he bought half the ownership of The Nest in 2009, later taking it all.
The number one selling dish at The Nest is chicken fried rice, originating from Guyana's Chinese population: "All the Indians from Guyana and Trinidad were tired of eating curries, so it's considered a treat."
The spoon goes way, way back, when I first got married. I only cooked when I had to cook. I used to go out a lot more than cooking at home. My wife loved when I cooked. She used to prep and I used to cook.
We went shopping, I found this nice spoon, it was made real well. It was on Liberty Avenue because this was from one of their West Indian stores. J&B. They were one of the first pioneers of the West Indian stores.
For some reason, I just loved the way it felt in my hand. It didn't hurt my hand like some of the metal handles.
For some reason, every time I cooked something without a spoon, it didn't taste right. I don't know if it was in my head or not, but for some reason, I was able to turn everything better with the spoon. The handle was just right for my hand.
MAKE SURE I HAVE THE SPOON, I'M READY TO COOK.
You can see the handle has been worn down quite a lot.
I call this my magic spoon because every time I would cook something, I would make sure "Where's the spoon? Where's the spoon? Make sure I have the spoon, I'm ready to cook."
If the spoon is not around, or I couldn't find it, I wouldn't cook. I'm serious. This made me love cooking.
This was bought back in the days when they were making good products. This is back in eighty-something now. Now you go to a store and you buy all these cheap things, they break within a couple of months.