Kitchen Ambition founder, David Lewis, and his family.

About The Creator

Hi, my name is David. I am the creator of Kitchen Ambition, and have been cooking seriously for about 10 years. Originally, I’m from the American South. Gathering with family and friends around the dinner table has been a tradition since I was young, but my interest in the kitchen didn’t actually begin until I left home in my 20s.

My work as a community organizer kept me always on the go for the better part of a decade. Among the most rewarding aspects of that season in my life was that I got to spend a lot of time in the kitchen and around the dinner table connecting with new people. At every stop I was amazed by the distinctive flavors, tools and culinary traditions I was welcomed into.

The spirit of bringing people together is what fueled my passion for cooking, but as I spent more time in the kitchen I found cooking to be incredibly meditative and gratifying as well. 

Kitchen Ambition founder David Lewis slicing an onion.

Our Philosophy

 We built Kitchen Ambition for beginner and intermediate kitchen enthusiasts, who love to cook and want to create a powerful and efficient kitchen. 

We are advocates for functional minimalism. In our view anything that you bring into the kitchen should have a purpose, and should bring joy as you use it in pursuit of fulfilling that purpose. In a world that so heavily promotes novelty, we strive to eliminate tools that don’t work well or are infrequently used. Anything that isn’t actively engaging you and bringing joy on a regular basis is just clutter.

We value the connection between our kitchen and the earth, and try to apply cradle-to-cradle thinking to the decisions we make and the content we create for this website. We examine the supply chain of items that we use or review, think about their durability and usage, and consider what happens once they have passed through our hands and to the next place. We compost. We recycle. And we do our damndest to bring products and ingredients into our lives in an ethical fashion. 

For most of us, our lives and primary energies aren’t dedicated to cooking. We want to make healthy decisions, to feel smart and accomplished in our abilities, and to offer our culinary gifts to the friends and family who gather around our table. The windows of time we have to build good cooking habits are small. And we don’t have all day to read pan reviews, or search for the perfect recipe. We need to learn quickly, so we have time to act. Kitchen Ambition seeks to create content that gets to the point. 

How We Create Content

All of the content on this site is planned and edited by me to ensure we meet a high quality standard. At times I do use freelance writers to cover specific topics, but nothing is published without my approval as the creator of this site. My goal is to ensure everything we publish is accurate and up to date, so that you can trust the information and recipes you discover here. 

As much as possible we take a hands-on approach with our recipes and cookware reviews. We also rely on online feedback from product owners, since it is not always possible to bring an item into our kitchen. I spend time reviewing patent information and materials specifications on most products, and regularly consult with subject-matter experts.

I want this site to be a place you can trust. We do not accept brand sponsorship because we don’t want add bias (or even perceived bias) to our reviews. Kitchen Ambition is reader-supported. When you make a purchase through a link on our site, we may earn a commission as an Amazon Affiliate.