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    Let Executive Chef Bernard Guillas and his team of tastemakers take you on a culinary journey that will please the palate and entice the senses. This rare collaboration of culinary excellence brings global influences, seasonal offerings and menus as dramatic and memorable as the restaurant’s oceanfront setting.

    Chef Bernard Guillas in the Marine Room kitchen

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    EXECUTIVE CHEF BERNARD GUILLAS

    Maître Cuisiniers de France and award-winning chef Bernard Guillas joined La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club, Inc. as Executive Chef in June 1994. In addition to The Marine Room, Guillas is responsible for directing the resort’s other two restaurants, including The Shores Restaurant, and catering operations for the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club and La Jolla Shores Hotel.

    Guillas, no stranger to classic tradition, insists, “a good cook is a sorcerer who dispenses happiness on a plate.” Born into a family of butchers, bakers, and restaurateurs, Guillas’ Britannic upbringing was influenced by his daily exposure to fine cuisine. He began his formal training in 1978, at Le Bretagne Restaurant in Questembert, France, where he apprenticed with the legendary Georges Paineau. 

    Over the next six years he expanded his culinary knowledge with several Maîtres Cuisinier de France fine dining restaurants. Jumping continents, Guillas moved on to become chef de cuisine at Le Dolmen in French Guyana. Richly diverse South American flavors still influence his food today. 

    Recently, Guillas authored his second cookbook, Two Chefs One Catch: A Culinary Exploration of Seafood, with co-author and Chef de Cuisine of The Marine Room, Ron Oliver. This is a follow up to their first self-published cookbook, Flying Pans: Two Chefs, One World.  Flying Pans was named a Top 10 Cookbook in America at Book Expo America 2010 and awarded IACP’s Best Cookbook in America – People’s Choice 2011. Guillas' continuing television appearances added to his roster; he was recently featured on the Today Show and is a regular guest chef on the KTLA morning show in Los Angeles, plus many local news segments throughout the year. 

    Chef Guillas promotes sustainability and plays an active role in supporting his local community. He regularly participates in Mama’s Kitchen, Share Our Strength Taste of the Nation fund-raiser for hunger relief, the San Diego Bay Wine and Food Festival, annual guest chef for Celebrities Cook for Cancer, a fund-raiser that benefits the University of California San Diego Cancer Center. Guillas is also the chef spokesman for the Macy’s School of Cooking where he shares his passion for the culinary arts. He travels extensively throughout the world promoting his restaurants and the San Diego region.

    Matt

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    DIRECTOR OF FOOD AND BEVERAGE MATT CAPONI

    Matt Caponi celebrates 11 years with the team and now oversees food and beverage for both The Marine Room and La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club. With nearly 20 years of experience, Matt strives to make every visit feel like a special occasion from the moment you walk through the doors.

    Caponi’s hospitality career began at age 13 while working at a small New Jersey Italian restaurant. Caponi’s passion for the restaurant industry grew while he worked as a bartender and server at a number of restaurants throughout his schooling. Upon graduating with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Communications, he moved from Boston to San Diego where his career continued to grow.

    Matt brings with him a high level of professionalism and expertise. He has been an active member of the San Diego Restaurant Association since 2010 and served as President of the San Diego chapter in 2017. Matt has completed and passed his Level 1 certification from the Court of Master Sommeliers and plans to one day take the Certified Sommelier exam.

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    MAÎTRE D' DIMITRIOS PAPADOPOULOS

    For more than 17 years Dimitrios “Dimi” Papadopoulos’ warm inviting demeanor has been an essential component of The Marine Room experience. To many regular guests, Dimi is like family.

    Papadopoulos has dedicated his life to providing superior customer service. He has worked all over the world including Athens, Paris and New York resulting in a wealth of knowledge and a passion for excellence.

    Dimi was recognized by his peers in June 2013 when he was awarded the Gold Medallion for Front of House Excellence by the California Restaurant Association San Diego County chapter. The Marine Room is exceptionally proud to have Dimi as part of our team.