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Bruce D. Paton C.E.C Executive Chef

Chef Bruce has been hosting the "Dinner with the Brewmaster" series since 1995 in three consecutive different venues. He has created special menus for over seventy-five of these fun events to date and is nationally recognized as an expert at pairing food with beer.

Born and raised in San Francisco, Bruce started his career at The California Culinary Academy graduating in 1988 and worked as a cook in several hotels and restaurants before joining The Claremont resort and Spa in Berkeley as Banquet Chef in 1991. After three and a half years there, he became the Executive Chef at Barclay's Restaurant and Pub, where he began a series of beer and food paring dinners.

Two and a half years later in 1997 he joined the culinary staff at The Clift Hotel featuring The French Room and The Redwood Room, and became Executive Chef shortly afterwards.

After a short stint as Executive Chef at Flagship Events Catering, he joined The Cathedral Hill Hotel as Executive Chef in 2001, where he continues to to host beer and food pairing events as well as featuring "San Francisco Cuisine" both in the Jack Tar Bar and Grill and The Cathedral Hill's 30,000 square feet of banquet space.

Bruce is the past Chairman of the Board of Directors of The Chefs Association of the Pacific Coast, The San Francisco Chapter of the American Culinary Federation. He is also past president and 2002 Chef of The Year of this organization.