Restaurant veteran and West Hollywood resident David De Bacco has released his new fictional work, The Sushi Chef, based loosely on his life in the food and restaurant industry.
The Sushi Chef is inspired by De Bacco's time as a New York waiter in the 1990s, during a time when the AIDS epidemic ran rampant through the gay community and money, as is the case in the lives of many waiters, is tight.
“People are hurting right now," De Bacco said in a press release. "They are searching for answers on how to make positive changes to their lives. As a writer, we’re told to share stories from our heart and to write what we know but to also be engaging and entertaining. I know fear, rejection and loss. I know hitting rock bottom is different for each person. My struggles taught me how to love and how to celebrate life."
De Bacco, who participated in this year's West Hollywood Book Fair, focuses the story on John Clute, a waiter in the midst of an on-and-off romance, dealing with the struggles of surrounding cultural differences and a potential foreclosure on his home.