On Monday, March 23, 2020, David B. Reardon, loving husband and father of four died unexpectedly at the age of 61. David was born September 26, 1958 to Richard and Joan Reardon in Boston Massachusetts. David lived a full and extraordinary life. He was a famed chef in the hospitality industry with a career that spanned over 40 years. When David was six-years-old, he traded his G.I. Joe for his sister’s Easy-Bake Oven. At age 14, he won his first cooking competition at Brookline High School Culinary Arts Program. His accomplishments are endless and include gold, silver and bronze medals in the prestigious IKA/HOGA Culinary Olympics. He was a member of the International Epicurean World Master Chef Society from 1990 to 1996, and competed in Ireland, England and France. He competed in over 30 American Culinary Federation Competitions, winning numerous honors and medals, and has cooked at the James Beard House in New York. David spent years at some of the world’s most prestigious hotels, but it was his September 2000 arrival in Santa Barbara that would shape his life. At the legendary Bacara Resort and Spa, he not only served as the executive chef for over 10 years but he also found his home. In Santa Barbara, he raised his son Kennedy and daughter Kelsey. He later met his wife Natalie while working at the iconic Resort. They married there on August 4, 2013 and welcomed their son Kellan in 2014. Throughout his career those who were lucky enough to work alongside David can speak to his loyalty, genuine care and love for his employees. He wore his heart on his sleeve and his passion and innovation will be greatly missed in the culinary world. However his greatest achievement by far was being a father to his children who he loved and would have done anything for. His legacy will live on through them. When you were in David’s light you shined with him. When you were loved by David, you felt it deeply. When you are cooking, think of David and cook with your heart and remember our husband, father, brother, cousin and friend. David was preceded in death by his father Richard, his best friend and cousin Joseph Arsenault, sister Mary and his beloved mother Joan (McCaffrey) Reardon. He’s survived by his wife Natalie and his four children Matt, Kennedy (Krista Stone, mother), Kelsey (Krista Stone, mother) and Kellan, his siblings Richard, James, and Tina and several beloved cousins, nieces and nephews. Due to the current Pandemic, we will hold a celebration of life at a later date. Please save any flowers or donations until then.

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  1. My Natalie. Such heartbreak I have for you and your family. As I read your words that are filled with such love and gratitude I am so happy that you were blessed with such a truly remarkable man. You have been in my thoughts and I will continue to hold you all close in my prayers ❤️

  2. To All who touched David’s Life,
    Willie Brown and family send our prayers for you to make it thru these difficult times.
    David you were one of the best that ventured out of Brookline, I will Miss our Birthday calls !!!

    • Hello Mr. Brown, I was looking for Chef Reardon, and I found that the Lord got ahead of me. I would love to say hi to his ex-wife Krista, do you by any chance know how she is doing, and her kids, they must be all grown up! Thanks

  3. My name is Jose Silva My condolence to you and your family, I knew chef for about 12 years I stared working at the Bacara on 2007-2018 thanks to him I got the job, I loved his good humor and professionalism, he was really motivated Chef and one of the greatest chef I ever worked with.
    He will be missed for all the back then Bacara Resort and Spa crew, god have him still cooking delicious food in heaven:)

  4. I assisted David at two separate prominent hotels, Sheraton World in Orlando and then again at Sheraton Park Central in Dallas. We had remained close friends for 36 years. We shared life’s events and professional events via phone calls and emails for many years.

    David’s passing came to me as a shock and the World lost one of the greatest chefs that ever existed. So many things that David shared with me stayed with me through my entire culinary career. I know that he was a very compassionate person and a friend of mine to the very end.

    My compassion, condolences and love go out to his family and friends who knew him to be an exceptional person who would literally give the shirt off his back to help another person.

    David, till we meet again in a better place may you rest in peace in the arms of the Angels.

    Sincerely with love, your friend David Chandler

  5. My deepest condolences to all who knew David. This is such a beautiful tribute to such a kind soul. I know so many who are truly blessed to have had David in their lives. There is no doubt he will be missed everyday by his children and the rest of his family.

  6. I met Chef David back in 2004 when I helped him cater a cooking class at a small hotel in Santa Barbara, he was the exact version of a chef I wanted to become, full of happiness and passion for cooking. When I walked away he gave me a business card that would eventually lead to a job at the beautiful Bacara Resort. It turned it to 4 years of amazing food and learning. We shared a love of New England Football and I treasure the moments I spent talking to Kennedy about Tom Brady and Dipping Chocolate Strawberries with Kelsea. I won’t ever forget Chef Reardon. Rest In Peace.

  7. Deepest condolences. Chef Reardon was a force and he will be sorely missed. Love and blessings to the family. Our prayers are with you for peace and comfort.

  8. David was such a rare soul, he moved in harmony with life, and love… we highly cherish and celebrate his accomplishments in work and family life…
    ..He will be forever missed..
    May he Rest In Peace.

  9. My deepest sympathies and condolences to you Natalie and of course David’d children. I knew how much you loved David and his sudden loss will be difficult to endure. May David’s equal love for you help you stay as strong as possible for your son at this time. I am so very sorry for your loss.

  10. I worked with David at Bacara for a few years and always felt his passion and love for what he did. When David came into a room you knew it. He was loud, and fun and you always knew how much passion he carried for things. I remember when Kennedy and Kelsey were young and they would come to work to visit David. I had run into David many times since I left bacara and he always made a point to say hello and give a big hug and ask what I was up to. He will be missed greatly by many. My heart goes out to his family and close friends.

  11. I was so sorry to hear of David’s passing. Although I have not seen him in many, many years, we went through grammar school and high school together in Brookline. It’s so nice to hear that David was able to turn his love of cooking into such a successful career. His BHS food service teachers would be thrilled to know that. My condolences to his family and friends in California and Brookline, MA.

  12. My condolences to David’s family. As a teacher at Hope School, I was grateful for his generosity to the students and teachers of Hope School. David invited our class to make gingerbread houses and decorate cookies in the Bacara kitchen. The family also celebrated the end of the school year with a cookout for the children’s teachers. My heart goes out to his family.

  13. David was my Best Man at my Wedding years ago. We grew together, had Amazing Times., I just heard the news, my heart is sad, Chef David I’ll see you on the the other side, Irish Blessings from Ireland, Your ol’e friend EDZO

  14. To the Reardon family and friends of Chef Reardon,
    I had the rare opportunity as cook in 1995 to be asked by Chef Reardon’s friend Chef Gary Fosina at the Sheraton NY and Manhattan hotels to assist on the Cuisine of Americas for Philanthropique Hotel Competition. Chef Reardon was extremely friendly, knowledgeable and eager to share what he knew and loved. Chef Reardon gave me his handwritten recipe notebook from when he worked in Dallas and I still have it to this day. He was a tremendously gifted Chef and wonderfully kind person and I’m shocked and saddened to learn of his passing. My heart goes out to your family

  15. candle 1God allowed us to have known Chef Reardon, I have not seen him for so many years and searching the net to find him and say hi, I find that the Lord called him early. My sincere condolence to his family. does anyone know how Krista is doing? I would love to say hi to her as well. My heart goes to his family and friends, god bless.

  16. I just found out the horribly sad news of David’s passing and I cannot help but think that the world just lost another one of those few and rare beautiful people we need to have here. GOD gave us the joy of knowing him and enjoying his company and friendship so we are certainly indebted to GOD for his kindness, but I’m devastated that such a great friend who treated me like I was family and then some had to go so young. May The Good LORD rest his soul!!!
    My sincerest and heartfelt condolences to his children, his wife and his family. Words are just so hard to come by on occasions such as these but you are all in my prayers as well. He was not only the greatest friend you ever could have but he made you feel like the superstar that he actually was.
    I loved him as a close friend and so enjoyed his laugh and his ways. He gave me so many great and unbelievable memories and through him I met other incredible friends and his great family!
    I am so saddened and through the pain I feel I can’t say the words that will ease anyone’s pain other than the way he treated others paved his way to Heaven!
    The world sure is going to miss David and World Class Chef Reardon!

  17. We just learned of David’s passing. What a horribly sad event. My husband, Jack Bretzke, and David competed together several times over the years. We visited David at his home on one of our Hawaii trips. What sad, sad news. The family are in our thoughts and prayers.

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