Escondido feels like home to famous chef Patrick Ponsaty. The rocky hillsides remind him of his home town, Toulouse, in Southern France in the Midi-Pyrénées. It too is an arid place, such as Escondido is, which the French chef is transforming into an event center that acts as an oasis in the area.
The restaurant was funded by the renowned Scottish entrepreneur, Brian Bonar, who named it The Ranch at Bandy Canyon. Some of the culinary delights are actually catered to Bellamy’s from his own central Escondido place which he likens to the gîtes in France.
In 2012 he received the important culinary title in France: Meilleurs Ouvrier de France. His is only the second California restaurant to receive the award. Only ten places in the whole state have, as well. Learn more about Brian Bonar: https://about.me/brianbonar and http://www.whitepages.com/name/Brian-Bonar
Ponsaty has not received as much media attention as many other of his chef peers. Perhaps it is his personality that keeps him from attaining such fame. It certainly is not for lack of talent. His masterpieces of dining produced in the rustic adobe kitchen has been compared to a legendary rock group, such as The Beatles, playing music at a simple roadhouse.
The dining room was quite plain, but it is being updated soon. Fortunately, the menu is perfectly set. It is inspiring, with dishes that combine exotic ingredients to make a thrilling cuisine that Ponsaty simply calls “French.” This is just how understated his cooking was at the last place he performed at brilliantly, El Bizcocho at Rancho Bernardo Inn.
Brian Bonar is an eclectic investor and technology producer. He is originally from Scotland, where he obtained a BS from Glasgow’s Strathclyde University in Mechanical Engineering. He has a Masters and a Ph.D. from Stafford University. He has been a top executive at many American corporations, such as IBM, Bezier Systems, Adaptec, Bezier Systems, and QMS Inc.