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Bruce Paton

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Bruce Paton
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Born (1955-05-02) May 2, 1955 (age 66)
Bay Area, San Francisco, CA
🏳️ Nationality
🏫 EducationCalifornia Culinary Academy, San Francisco 1988 Alumni
💼 Occupation

Bruce Paton (born May 2, 1955) is an American chef and writer. Better known as "The Beer Chef", Bruce hosts beer and food pairing events as well as featuring "San Francisco Cuisine" in the Jack Tar Bar and Grill and The Cathedral Hill Hotel's 30,000 square feet (2,800 m2) of banquet space where he has worked as Executive Chef since 2001. He has been a writer for The Culinarian Magazine column "The Beer Chef" for over five years.

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 sixty of these fun events to date and is nationally recognized as an expert at pairing food with beer. Chef Bruce was featured on the cover of The Celebrator Beer News magazine in October 2005 and was also featured on CBS Eye on the Bay"s Bay Area Beer Segment.

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 pairing 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.


  • Chef of the Year: San Francisco, Chefs Association of the Pacific Coast, 2001
  • Antonin Careme Medal: San Francisco, Chefs Association of the Pacific Coast, 2002


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