Dave Hirschkop is the founder and creative force behind Dave’s Gourmet. Our products reflect his love of delicious food, wholesome ingredients, and innovative ideas. He grew up in Virginia and started an off-beat taqueria in Maryland called Burrito Madness. There he created the “hottest hot sauce in the universe” as a way to control unruly drunk patrons. However, it ended up doing the opposite and customers were coming in droves for the heat as well as the flavor. This insane heat led to his sauce being banned from the National Fiery Food Show.
After moving to San Francisco, Dave’s Gourmet continued to expand into other specialty food categories. When looking at the sea of similar red pasta sauces in the supermarket, Dave became determined to design innovative pasta sauces using the best tasting and highest quality ingredients he could find. His creations include Butternut Squash, Organic Red Heirloom, Wild Mushroom, and Golden Heirloom Pasta Sauces, earning him more than seventeen prestigious Specialty Outstanding Food Innovation awards, including “best in category” four times. Twice, his pasta sauces were honored as “best in the industry.” A man of multiple talents, Dave authored a cookbook and made numerous appearances on television including the Food Network. Over the past twenty years, Dave and his team have worked tirelessly to save the world from blandness and banality—one delicious and innovative product at a time.