San Francisco’s Executive Chef
In October 2002, Jean-Pierre Dubray, Executive Chef
at The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco was bestowed "Le
Merite Agricole" (the Medal of Agriculture) for
his outstanding life achievements to promote French
culinary practices around the world.
Jean-Pierre Dubray Awarded "Le Merite Agricole"
To be eligible for "Le Merite Agricole,"
which is bestowed by the French Minister of agriculture
twice a year, candidates must be nominated by the Association
of Members of the Order of the Merit of Agriculture
and have worked for at least 15 years in any industry
related to the field of agriculture.
Chef Dubray’s generosity and commitment to his
profession has been recognized not only by his peers
but also by food and wine societies around the world,
including The Marin County Branch of the International
Wine and Food Society that recently named Chef Dubray
"Outstanding Chef of the Year."
As Executive Chef at The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco,
Dubray has had the honor of acting as host and guest
chef for numerous charitable organizations including
The James Beard Foundation, March of Dimes and Meals
On Wheels. He has also hosted many celebrity chefs including
Paul Bocuse, Alain Ducasse, Jean Louis Paladin, Julia
Child and Jacques Pepin.
A native of Chateau Renault in France's Loire Valley,
Chef Dubray began his career in 1974 as an apprentice
at the Hotel L'ecu de France. He later moved to Paris
to work for the P.L.M. St. Jacques Hotel. When the hotel's
Executive Chef opened his own Paris restaurant, Le Trotteur,
Chef Dubray joined him as Sous Chef. Michelin, Western
Europe's authoritative restaurant guide, conferred its
one star designation on Le Trotteur during Chef Dubray's
In 1980, after finishing his mandatory service in the
French Navy and traveling throughout Africa and South
America, Chef Dubray moved to the United States where
he was Sous Chef at La Vie en Rose, in Brea, California.
He later served as Chef de Cuisine at Le Chardonnay
at The Registry Hotel in Irvine, California.
In 1984, Chef Dubray joined The Ritz-Carlton Hotel
Company as Chef of The Dining Room at The Ritz-Carlton,
Laguna Niguel, and later worked as the hotel's Executive
Sous Chef. In 1987, Dubray moved to Palm Springs, CA
to open The Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage as Executive
Chef. In 1991, Chef Dubray moved North to open The
Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco as Executive Chef. Since
that time, Chef Dubray has opened 14 Ritz-Carlton hotels
around the world, including Osaka, Shanghai, Seoul,
Barcelona and Singapore.
Chef Dubray currently resides in Marin County, California
with his wife Brooke and son Luc.
Braddly Bennick Named Executive Sous Chef
at The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco
Braddly Bennick has been promoted from Terrace Chef
to Executive Sous Chef at The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco,
announces Executive Chef Jean-Pierre Dubray. "In
his new role, Bradd will assist with menu and recipe
development, working with purveyors, managing the hotel’s
50-person kitchen staff and overseeing The Terrace and
In-Room Dining," states Dubray. Chef Bennick’s
name will remain on The Terrace menu.
A native of Wyoming, the 29 year-old chef studied
at the California Culinary Academy where he received
an associate degree in Occupational Studies of the
Culinary Arts in 1996. Prior to graduation, Bennick
worked as a line cook at Harris’ Steak House
in San Francisco. One year later, he joined The Ritz-Carlton,
San Francisco as a second cook, and later became the
departmental trainer where he was responsible for
certifying all cooks. In 1998, Bennick accepted the
position of executive sous chef at the Palo Alto Hills
Country Club where he worked two years before moving
back to San Francisco to join Chef Laurent Manrique
as sous chef at The Campton Place Restaurant in The
Campton Place Hotel. There, he was responsible for
four outlets, including Room Service, Bar, Banquets
and the AAA Five Diamond French restaurant.
In October 2000, Bennick returned to The Ritz-Carlton,
San Francisco as banquet chef where he was responsible
for preparing menus and meals for up to 600 guests
in 25,000 square feet of banquet space. Two years
later, he was promoted to Chef of The Terrace, where
he managed a team of 12 to create breakfast, lunch
and dinner for the 120-seat restaurant in the city’s
only Mobil Five Star, AAA Five Diamond hotel.
San Francisco Magazine named The Terrace at The Ritz-Carlton,
San Francisco as having the "Best Brunch"
and "Best Outdoor Dining" in the City and
the 2004 San Francisco Zagat Survey claims The Terrace
is where "you’ll feel as if you’re
on vacation or living the life of a princess"
with the tour de force being the "completely
indulgent" Sunday Jazz Brunch. San Francisco’s
only hotel alfresco brunch is served in the garden
Courtyard of The Terrace, 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. every
Set in a 1909 Nob Hill landmark, The Ritz-Carlton,
San Francisco is the only hotel in the nation to capture
Mobil’s Five Stars and AAA’s Five Diamonds
for the hotel as well as its renowned Dining Room.