David Burtka

David Burtka is a chef, caterer and award-winning actor who released his first cookbook, Life is a Party, on April 16, 2019. The book is a spinoff from his 2016 Food Network special, Life’s a Party with David Burtka, which won a Telly Award and 1st Prize at the New York Film and TV Awards. The cookbook will showcase his expertise in preparing delicious recipes and celebrating a variety of occasions with guests. Burtka earned a BFA from the University of Michigan and studied at the William Esper Studios in New York. This talented Le Cordon Bleu chef is a firm believer in sustainable food fresh from the farmer’s market, butcher, or garden to the table. David Burtka gained valuable experience training under Mario Batali at the award-winning Babbo ristorante in NY, award-winning pastry chef and author Gina De Palma, as well as Iron Chef Cat Cora and the French Laundry’s Thomas Keller. David and his catering company Gourmet M.D. had the pleasure of preparing meals for some of Hollywood’s elite like “Mad Men’s” John Hamm and Christina Hendricks, Zac Efron, Vanessa Hudgens, “Glee’s” Jane Lynch, “How I Met Your Mother’s” Cobie Smulders, Sarah Silverman, Elton John, Katy Perry, Elon Musk, and has even made pizza for Oprah. He has been seen in cooking segments on “Barefoot Contessa,” “E! News,” “Home Made Simple,” “Rachael Ray,” “The Kitchen,” “Celebrity Dish,” “The Fablife,” and “The Chew.” He has been a guest judge on shows such as “Beat Bobby Flay,” “Top Chef Masters” “Rupaul’s Drag Race” and “Iron Chef.” His recipes have been featured in People Magazine, Us Weekly, Food Network Magazine, and Food and Wine Magazine. Burtka was most recently seen starring as Brian Howard in David Hyde Pierce’s musical comedy It Shoulda Been You at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre. He has also been seen in the Broadway production of Edward Albee’s The Goat or Who is Sylvia and Sam Mendes’ production of Gypsy, for which he garnered a Fred Astaire Award nomination for his portrayal of Tulsa. Previously, he earned the Clarence Derwent Award for his role as The Boy in the American premiere of Edward Albee’s The Play About the Baby. Burtka starred in the World Premiere of the musical The Opposite of Sex in San Francisco, later reprising his role at The Williamstown Theatre Festival. He has appeared regionally at The Hollywood Bowl, Alley Theatre, Paper Mill Playhouse, North Shore Music Theatre, and the Weston Playhouse. Additionally, David’s one man show Burtka, David played a sold out engagement in November 2014 at 54 Below. His film credits include Dance-Off, Annie and the Gypsy, Regrets Only, A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas, and Hollywood Ending, under the direction of Woody Allen. Perhaps best known to television audiences for his recurring role on “How I Met Your Mother,” Burtka appeared on Ryan Murphy’s award-winning FX horror anthology, “American Horror Story: Freak Show.” Most recently, he was seen on Netflix’s “A Series of Unfortunate Events.” Burtka recently produced the relaunch of Wigstock, the outdoor drag festival and legendary annual event that dominated drag culture from 1985 until 2003. His producing credits also include CBS’s “The Night Shift” pilot. David grew up outside of Detroit, Michigan, and earned a BFA from the University of Michigan before studying at the William Esper Studios in New York. David lives in New York with his husband, Neil Patrick Harris, and their twin children, Gideon and Harper.