To further Bellamy’s, his downtown Escondido restaurant, Brian Bonar made famed French chef Patrick Ponsaty the culinary head of the establishment. Although a very fine dining restaurant, Bellamy’s has a very rustic setting, having been formed from an 1880s adobe building.
This already charming setting was given a huge boost by the hire of Ponsaty who is one of the most revered chefs in the world and has been given the rare title, Meilleurs Ouvrier de France, which is so rare and prestigious that only 11 other chefs in North America have had it bestowed upon them.
Many are amazed that Ponsaty even accepted the offer to cook at Bellamy’s at all. Ponsaty is so masterful and famed a chef that he could get a position wherever he wanted in the world. However, two things won him over: 1) The setting of Escondido, California reminded him of home and 2) Brian Bonar gave him complete control of his menus. This second is so rare in restaurants that Ponsaty jumped at the chance.
So Ponsaty gave Bellamy’s his desired style which is French in nature, approachable, and inspired. Ponsaty was previously the executive chef at El Bizcocho where he trained and mentored the now famous chef Gavin Kaysen.
In fact, Kaysen eventually replaced Ponsaty as executive chef of the restaurant in 2004. Before coming to Bellamy’s, Ponsaty would be head chef at La Bastide, Bernard’O, and the Mistral at Loews Coronado Bay Resort. Learn more about Brian Bonar: http://xrepublic.net/2015/09/03/brian-bonar-trains-his-employees-in-exceptional-customer-service/
Picking Ponsaty to take his restaurant to greater heights was not a difficult decision for Bonar, who was already a huge fan of the chef. Ponsaty does more than serve as head chef at Bellamy’s. Bonar has a restaurant empire in Escondido and has incorporated Ponsaty’s culinary assistance at several of them.
In the area of business, Brian Bonar definitely knows what he’s doing. Beginning in 1984, Bonar served in business leadership with several businesses. He has been with Dalrada Financial since 1994, its director since 1995, Its CEO since 1998, and its Chairman of the Board since 1999.