If you didn’t know that The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco has been conducting an extensive search to fill the role of executive chef, you aren’t alone. Yesterday we got word that the search is over, and the lucky winner of the much sought-after leadership position is none other than Chef Patrick Callarec, who hails from France originally, and Maui, where he has spent the last 10 years.
Chef Callarec will not be forming a new relationship with the luxury hotel brand, as he got plenty of experience honing up on his expertise at The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua. He must have started suffering from separation anxiety after taking a temporary break from the relationship to hone his skills as a restaurant owner at the award-winning Chez Paul Restaurant in Olowalu.
Here’s some official details on Chef Callarec’s background:
Acclaimed for his contemporary approach to classic French cuisine, Callarec began his career at the age of 13, attending cooking school in Menton, France followed by a stint in Cannes as a 15-year-old cooking both at the famed Hotel Martinez and at the Hotel Carlton. While still in his formative professional years, Callarec decided to hone his skills abroad in hopes of establishing a culinary career in North America. Moving to Canada, he joined Toronto’s Four Seasons Inn on the Park and then relocated to Chicago as part of the team at The Ritz-Carlton, Chicago.
Later, Callarec joined the Meridien Hotel, Silvano Restaurant, The Registry Hotel/Grand Kempinski Hotel, the Seascape Inn Restaurant, and La Bonne Auberge, all located in Texas. He subsequently joined the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, serving with acclaim at The Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead (Atlanta), The Ritz-Carlton, Marina Del Rey and The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua, where his culinary creations were featured in Food & Wine magazine. Chef Callarec’s work has also appeared in Great Chefs, Delicious Living, the Los Angeles Times, and on the Travel Channel.
“It’s a true pleasure to join a property with renown for its culinary excellence,” says Chef Callarec. “I look forward to complementing an already outstanding team at The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco, and to creating consistently outstanding dining experiences throughout the hotel.”
For all you Ron Siegel supporters out there, do not fret: he will still be at the helm of the luxury hotel’s legendary Dining Room.