David Guas was born and raised in New Orleans and started cooking Louisiana specialties as a teen. He started his career as a pastry chef and was eventually hired by a restaurant group in the Washington, D.C., area. In 2010, he opened Bayou Bakery, Coffee Bar & Eatery in nearby Arlington, Virginia, serving southern-influenced specialties. He's also the author of two cookbooks, both savory and sweet, "Grill Nation" and "Damn Good Sweet."

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