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The New Master Chef at Brian Bonar’s Escondido Restaurant

The New Master Chef at Brian Bonar’s Escondido Restaurant

The Ranch at Bandy Canyon has a new star chef, Patrick Ponsaty from Toulouse in France. Ponsaty first priority is to transform the downtown Escondido restaurant into a dining destination reminiscent of gites of France. Ponsaty is one of only two San Diego chefs to earn the prestigious Meilleurs Ouvrier de France.

The establishment in which Ponsaty will ply his culinary skills looks eerily similar to a charming 1890’s adobe remade into a popular farm-driven eatery. A plan to redesign the dated dining room is already in the works. The presence of Ponsaty at The Ranch from his previous position as Executive Chef at El Bizcocho at Rancho Bernardo hasn’t gone unnoticed, even though the soft spoken chef is not clamoring for fame.

Some of the trappings to look for in the menu include quenelle of magenta-hued beet Sorbet from Suzie’s Farm; wild boar; locally sought mushrooms and sea scallops placed on lightly truffle-scented carpaccio. The other enrichments to look forward to include Bordeaux’s very own tender canales and cherry-spiked gateau Basque.

Ponsaty credits his successes at El Bizcocho to the support he he received from Bandy Canyon owner Brian Bonar and Gianina Pickens his stepdaughter, who is a big fan. Ponsaty’s tenure at El Bizcocho at Rancho Bernardo Inn was marked by many achievements, including tutelage of Chef Gavin Kaysen. This article was initially published in Modern Luxury Magazine on September 2013.

About Brian Bonar

Brian Bonar is a respected entrepreneur and business executive with many years of experience. Over the years, Bonar has founded and served in several corporations, including Trucept and Dalrada Financial Corporation. According to Bloomberg, Bonar began serving at Trucept, Inc as Chairman and CEO in March 2010. The company’s core services include temporary staffing and insurance products.

Since 2001, Bonar has served as the CEO and Executive Officer of Dalrada Financial Corporation. His responsibilities involve directing and guiding the company’s sales and management strategy. The other companies Bonar has served include Solvis Group, IBM UK, QMS Corporation, Bezier System, Adaptec and Tradeshow Products Inc.

Brian Bonar worked at IBM UK, Ltd for 17 years as procurement Manager. He was responsible for outsourcing motherboards for the company’s personal computers. From 2007 to 2009, Bonar founded AMS Outsourcing. The multinational company is focused on transportation and operates in Mexico and the Czech Republic. At QMS, Brian directed engineering and managed a team of over 100 software and hardware development engineers.

The Alabama based engineering company develops and manufactures high-performance color printing solutions. Bonar has also serves on the board of the Boys and Girls Club of Greater San Diego. According to a MarketWatch brief on Trucept, Bonar holds an MBA and Doctorate degree from Staffordshire University.
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