Chef Victor Scargle
Victor Scargle is executive chef of Lucy Restaurant & Bar at Bardessono, a LEED-certified luxury resort in Yountville, Calif. He most recently served as chef instructor at the Culinary Institute of America Greystone. Over the past 20 years, Scargle has done stints at leading Bay Area restaurants including Go Fish (now Brassica), Julia’s Kitchen at COPIA, Jardiniere, Grand Café, and Aqua. He’s earned his stripes at some of the most prestigious kitchens in the country, and has worked with chefs who have changed the flavor and form of the contemporary cooking industry.
Chef Scargle gets his inspiration through his close relationship with purveyors and by spending time in Bardessono’s onsite garden. He brings his culinary style – using clean, simple, and bright flavors – to the a la carte and tasting menus he creates for Lucy.
Scargle has loved cooking since childhood, when he and his father would prepare such family favorites as spaghetti with clam sauce, lemon meringue pie and sugar cookies. He cooked in restaurants during high school and college, so no one was surprised when, after studying economics at University of California, Santa Barbara, he returned to his childhood passion. To gain experience with a variety of chefs and ingredients, he spent time in kitchens in Miami's South Beach and New York (with Douglas Rodriquez and other leading chefs).
Upon his return to the west coast, he went to work for Michael Mina at Aqua and Pisces in Burlingame, as well as Jardiniere and the Grand Cafe. In 2003, he joined the Patina Restaurant Group and relocated to Napa Valley as executive chef of Julia's Kitchen at COPIA, which Wine Spectator named one of the top upscale restaurants in Napa Valley in 2004. After COPIA closed, Scargle joined Cindy Pawlcyn’s team as executive chef of Go Fish (now Brassica) and then took the chef instructor role at CIA Greystone. His move to Lucy at Bardessono adds additional luster to an already impressive career.
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