Executive Chef Bruce Yim has always had a love and knack for cooking. As a kid living in San Francisco, Bruce would often whip up recipes from his mother’s Redbook magazines for his family. Little did ten-year-old Bruce know, he would one day be a 2001 James Beard House honoree.
Chef Bruce began his professional culinary career in Washington DC in two well-known restaurants, Le Pavilion and La Fleur. These first two restaurants inspired Chef Bruce to seriously pursue the culinary arts.
Chef Bruce continued his training in Philadelphia at Café Royal and then in New York where he cooked at the Polo Lounge and the 21 Club. In 1985, he explored his passion for Northern Italian cuisine at Ristorante Harry Cipriani.His interest in this regional fare led him to Bellini and later, Harry’s Bar in Venice, Italy. Five years later, Chef Bruce returned to his hometown in San Francisco where he became Sous Chef at Wolfgang Puck’s Postrio and eventually Executive Chef at Bix and Ristorante Ecco.
In 1995, Chef Bruce made his way to Vail, Colorado to work at Sweet Basil Restaurant, long celebrated as of Vail’s finest with innovative cuisine rivaling that found in any major city. Here he helped shape a creative menu and maintain the fine reputation Sweet Basil has long enjoyed. In 1999, Chef Bruce became Executive Chef of Sweet Basil and spent the next six years further enhancing the restaurants reputation as one of the best in the country.
Much to Tucson’s benefit, Chef Bruce eventually made his way to the southwest. In May 2006, Chef Bruce partnered with Sweet Basil’s Master Sommelier, Laura Williamson, and together they opened VinTabla Restaurant & Wine Shop in Tucson, Arizona. Later in 2010, Chef Bruce joined local restaurateur Janos Wilder on two ventures; first at Janos’ Foothills Restaurant and later as the Executive Chef at Janos’ Downtown Kitchen + Cocktails.
Having joined the Hacienda Del Sol family in 2012 as Executive Chef, Bruce brings an extensive and varied culinary background to our resort.
Come by and sample some of Chef Bruce’s famous creations. Learn more about our two award-winning restaurants here.