James Beard Awards Foundation, "Best Hotel Chef"
French Master Chef
Exectuive Chef + Owner, Ponsaty's Dining; Rancho Santa Fe, CA
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About Chef Ponsaty
Influenced by years of extensive training in kitchens around the world, fifth-generation French Chef Patrick Ponsaty brings 31 years of experience to his role as Corporate Chef at Bellamy’s at Bandy Canyon Ranch. Besides working at multiple Michelin Star rated restaurants, he was recently given the esteemed honor of receiving the title “Master French Chef” from the Paris-based Association des Maitres Cuisiniers de France. This elite group includes 51 chefs in the United States, 200 in France and 55 other chefs located throughout the globe. Only two U.S. Master French Chefs are based in San Diego (Bernard Guillasof Marine Room is the other). Since his designation as Master French Chef, he has received 15 ‘Best Of’ or ‘Top 10’ awards, yet Patrick has kept his fame in perspective, because for this humble chef – it’s really all about the food.
Born in France, Patrick’s culinary career was ignited at his father’s own restaurant, Cochon de Lait (the Suckling Pig), in Cazeres near Toulouse, France. By the age of 10, he worked side-by-side with his father perfecting and preparing traditional French recipes. Raised with a strong sense of family heritage and years of classical training, Patrick established a foundation for the simple, yet intensely flavorful, Modern French cuisine he offers today.
After his formal training at Brevet des Colleges and Cuisine Classique, Patrick earned his Certificat d’Aptitude Professionnelle and went on to apprentice under masters in restaurants studded with Michelin stars, among them; Les Pyrénées, Pierre Darroze, Le Chabichou, Pain Adour et Fantasie, Didier Oudill and Louis XV in Monaco (under Alain Ducasse). He eventually ventured to Lazarte, Spain as a chef de cuisine at Restaurant Berrasategui and then traveled to Saint Martin in the Caribbean to serve as pastry chef at La Samanna. New York was next, with a stint as executive chef at Park Bistro with Jean-Michel Diot before heading for the West Coast to help Diot open Tapenade.
Patrick settled in San Diego in 1998, where he became chef de cuisine at Rancho Bernardo’s El Bizcocho. Under his guidance, “El Biz” captured Zagat Guide’s highest rating as “Best Restaurant in San Diego” four years in a row and achieved a Mobil Five-Star Rating. He also carried the executive chef title at Bernard’O Restaurant, which was rated “Very Good to Excellent” in San Diego’s Zagat Guide, and voted Best French Cuisine by A List 10 News. Patrick also took Loew’s Coronado to new heights during his time as executive chef at Mistral Restaurant. Chef Patrick’s accolades are ongoing with his “full plate” of impressive awards and recognition, including “Best Hotel Chef in America” by James Beard Foundation and “Chef’s Hall of Fame” by San Diego Home/Garden Magazine.
Chef Patrick continues to stir the evolution of Modern French cooking, incorporating robust, intense flavors inspired by Europe’s Mediterranean coast. Diners will discover more than the traditional sauce-laden fare that is typical of formal French cuisine. He brings his formal training together with humble roots, all the while utilizing the abundant resources of San Diego – a region that shares the same ecosystem as his hometown – bringing together a celebration of local skilled farmers, foragers and fishermen from whose bounties he assembles his award-winning culinary creations.