Being born as an underweight child in a Ukrainian hospital during a cold winter night was the first challenge Dima had to face.
He was a lost cause. Or at least that's what the nurses thought. But through some miracle or sheer luck he pulled through.
His mother was however not as lucky as she lost her life due to blood loss several hours after giving birth.
Dima learnt to be strong though and fought through the hardships of growing up with only one parent.
He learnt not to get too attached to anyone or anything, to protect him from the cold hard world.
His favourite food had always been a simple chicken burger although he did aspire to be a professional chef one day.
That's why his father enrolled him in Kiev's third finest culinary academy.
Here he learnt how to make food from the finest ingredients to whatever you can find growing in Ukraines cold ground.
This ability to make food on the fly turned out to be useful in the coming days.
He got offered a job as a cook in Nyheim where he travelled to for a brighter future.
This is where he was when the outbreak began.