David Leo Banks, CEC, AAC
Chef David Leo Banks, CEC, AAC, is Chef/Owner of Harry’s Seafood Grill on the Wilmington Riverfront, a premier seafood restaurant and an iconic mainstay of the Wilmington restaurant scene. Opened in 2003, Harry’s Seafood Grill along with Harry’s Fish Market + Grill in 2009, showcase the freshest seafood and raw bar through creative dishes and seasonal and regional harvests.
Most recently, Chef Banks acted as Corporate Executive Chef of Harry’s Hospitality Group, and was co-owner of Harry’s Seafood Grill, Harry’s Fish Market + Grill and Kid Shelleen’s Charcoal House & Saloon in Wilmington, DE. The restaurants have been a core of the Wilmington area and surrounding cities since 1988, which began with the opening and renovation of Harry’s Savoy Grill and expanded in 1998 to include the opulent Harry’s Savoy Ballroom.
Well-known for creating and presenting innovative menus, Banks uses his diverse food background for the development of the menus and specialty events for which Banks is known. He was selected as the American Culinary Federation First State Chefs Association Chef of the Year in 1996 and 2001, and was inducted into the prestigious American Academy of Chefs in 2003 and serves as Northeast Regional Representative for the Academy. Chef Banks has received numerous accolades and awards both regionally and nationally and was most recently awarded the coveted Academy Chair’s Medal at the ACF National Convention in 2016 and the ACF National President’s Medallion in 2017. He served as chair of the Share Our Strength “Taste of the Nation” Benefit in Wilmington from 1994 through 2014, helping to raise over $1,000,000 in the fight against childhood hunger. He appears regularly on The Comcast Network’s “The Chef’s Kitchen,” and participates in culinary events, competitions and charity events around the country. Dave is highly respected for his dedication to community service and a willingness to lend his expertise to many worthy causes.