David Ansill Returns to Philadelphia as Exec Chef of Bar Ferdinand

Posted on Thursday, August 2, 2012


Chef David Ansill Returns To His Roots In Philadelphia

…As Executive Chef of Bar Ferdinand!


Owen Kamihira, owner of Bar Ferdinand in Northern Liberties, is honored to announce, that after taking a 6 month sabbatical in Jamaica, David Ansill has returned to his roots in Philadelphia to become Executive Chef. 

Chef David Ansill is currently applying his imagination to an exciting new menu that will debut in late September. But, beginning this Thursday, and every Thursday, Ansill will explore Spanish inspired dishes using seasonal ingredients, with his new multi-course Chef’s Tasting Menu


The cost is $40 per person (plus tax and gratuity) and is offered from 5 – 11pm. A wine pairing can be added for an additional $20 per person.


For more information about Bar Ferdinand visit barferdinand.com or call 215-923-1313.  


Sample Chef’s Tasting Menu 
Featuring the Tomato 
1st Course 
Heirloom Tomato Gazpacho, crab 
2nd Course 
Oil Poached Cherry Tomatoes, olive purée 
3rd Course 
Spanish Tuna, tomato saffron conserva 
4th Course 
Local Tomatoes, mint, olive oil 
5th Course 
Pan Con Tomate, jamon serrano 
6th Course 
Grilled Mackerel, tomato water, artichokes 
7th Course 
Lamb, pine nuts, roasted tomato rioja 
8th Course 
~ Dessert ~ 
Subject to change, based on available ingredients. 



 About David Ansill…

Chef David Ansill, a Cheltenham native, was trained at Philadelphia’s The Restaurant School and spent 26 years honing his skills & perfecting dishes while cooking at renowned local favorites such as Serrano, Judy’s Café, Rittenhouse Hotel & Lucy’s Hat Shop. He spent time broadening his culinary skills in Sweden and Miami Beach, including a stint at the prestigious, Delano Hotel.
Ansill decided to break out on his own in 2001; First with Pif, an intimate French bistro with a daily changing menu. In 2006, he opened Ansill Food + Wine, a remarkable tapas inspired restaurant with influences from France, Italy and Spain. By 2009, Ansill had landed at Ladder 15, where he continued to bring his innovative style & direction to life. In July of 2012, Ansill teamed up with old friend, Owen Kamihira as the Executive Chef of Bar Ferdinand, a traditional yet creative Spanish wine & tapas bar in Philadelphia’s Northern Liberties community. 



 About Bar Ferdinand… 

Bar Ferdinand has always been a chef driven restaurant. When it opened in 2006, they introduced a menu of traditional and modern tapas with a focus on local and seasonal ingredients. The menu has evolved through the years. But, that focus and commitment has never changed. With David Ansill coming on board, he will put his culinary stamp on Bar Ferdinand’s menu and take it to the next level!


Bar Ferdinand is celebrating its 6th year in the Northern Liberties neighborhood of Philadelphia, as the city’s premier Spanish tapas restaurant. Bar Ferdinand was founded & designed by Owen Kamihira as a contemporary vision of Spain’s famed tapas bars, and a local gathering place for neighbors to go for great food, wine and conversation.   


Hours of Operation:
Monday – Thursday: 5 – 11pm
Friday: 5pm – midnight
Saturday: 3pm – midnight
Sunday: 3 – 11pm
Saturday & Sunday Brunch: 11am – 3pm 



1030 North 2nd Street | Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19123 | Northern Liberties | 215.923.1313