Within a few weeks of the job, the 31-year-old from Alloa found out his wife Lucy (32) was expecting twins.
Then, when he bought a van to take his business, Allo Alloa, on the road, unbeknownst to him it came from just a stone’s throw of Vendargues (Clackmannanshire’s French twin town).
He said, “Maybe it was in the stars. It began when [social enterprise] Resonate held an international-themed exhibition and I provided the catering. Because of the theme I decided to do something from the Languedoc-Rousillon region. Two months after that we found out we were having twins – I hit the roof with excitement and Lucy almost passed out.
“So when I found out the van I was looking at came from an area close to Clackmannanshire’s twin town it seemed so natural.”
Owning and running his own catering business has been a life-long dream for David.
He said, “I met Lucy six years ago and she asked me then if I could do anything in my heart of hearts what would I do. I had always wanted to have a catering company.”
He started in August 2012, catering part-time for specialist events from his own home in Ashley Terrace, and went full-time in September last year – a month after his twin sons, Andrew and Malcolm, were born.
But he always had his eye set on taking his cuisine mobile. In the run-up to the birth, he scoured motor suppliers in England for a vehicle with that special something and came upon ‘Amelie’ – named by David after the couple’s favourite French film.
The 1976 Citroen HY was registered in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence in the south of France – just 57 miles from the local authority’s twin town.
He said, “I had been looking at vans at the right price when I saw this one and just fell in love with it. I didn’t want a run-of-the-mill van, I wanted something with a bit of personality. Then when I saw from the registration documents that it was originally from a place that was as close as you could get to the twin town, I thought that was fantastic.”
Asked if there are any more twin-related life events on the horizon, he joked, “I hope not.”