Chef William Bradley brings French flavors to new La Jolla bistro
• 10 QUESTIONS with Chef William Bradley
Award-winning Chef William Bradley — one of only 160 chefs in the world and 17 in the United States to receive the designation of Grand Chef from Relais & Châteaux — is the executive chef and director of Addison, the signature-dining venue at The Grand Del Mar. Bradley recently lent his talent to another eatery operated by the resort: Bijou French Bistro in La Jolla. The new restaurant, which opened June 27 at 1205 Prospect St. (formerly the site of Amaya La Jolla), features classic French bistro fare.
Since he opened Addison eight years ago, Bradley has garnered much acclaim for his artisanal approach to contemporary French haute cuisine. Now, collaborating with Bijou French Bistro Chef de Cuisine Shaun Gethin, who most recently served as the sous chef at Addison, Bradley presents his preferences for tried-and-true classic French bistro favorites.
Why did you decide to become a chef?
I was very fortunate to fall into this profession at a young age, and I immediately had a great passion for it. So, being a chef has always been a natural fit, one that I consider a gift that life has given to me.
What has been your most memorable ‘chef’ experience?
That was receiving the Robb Report Culinary Masters award nomination from Chef Thomas Keller. Winning this competition was just icing on the cake.
If you hosted a dinner party for eight, whom (living or deceased) would you invite?
My guest list would include French Chef Alain Chapel, Tool lead singer Maynard James Keenan, Portuguese soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo, Portuguese soccer manager José Mourinho, American fashion designer Tom Ford, The Dalai Lama, my wife and my mother.
Who or what inspires you?
I’m always inspired by Mother Nature and enjoy creating seasonal dishes with ingredients that are available.
What is it that you most dislike?
Idle chatter in the kitchen.
What is your most prized possession?
What are your five favorite movies?
“Pulp Fiction,” “Ratatouille,” “Gladiator,” “Forrest Gump” and “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy.
What do you do for fun?
I enjoy playing golf and cycling is also a favorite fun activity.
What is your motto?
Always taste and enjoy the food that is prepared for you or you prepare yourself.
What would be your dream vacation?
Relaxing on the beach at One & Only Palmilla in Cabo San Lucas, it is truly one of my favorite places in the world.
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