Distinguished Chef, The Boston Harbor Hotel
More than 23 years ago, when Chef Daniel Bruce was one of the most promising young culinary talents in the United States, he was lured into the kitchens of Boston’s landmark waterfront hotel, the five-star Boston Harbor Hotel at Rowes Wharf. Almost immediately upon taking the reins, his passion for pairing the flavors in food and wine launched the hotel’s most successful ongoing event, the Boston Wine Festival. More than 22 seasons later, the festival has evolved into a world-renowned series featuring winemakers from some of the world’s best wineries. Through two decades of developing the festival, Daniel has created more than 3,000 original dishes, each one designed to perfectly complement the special wine with which it was served.
Daniel has earned the Boston Harbor Hotel a reputation for excellence in its culinary offerings. Meritage, one of Boston’s few Forbes four-star restaurants, is the manifestation of Daniel’s passion for food and wine pairing. It's a bold restaurant with an innovative menu designed to marry culinary flavors to wine flavors. His latest endeavor, the waterfront Rowes Wharf Sea Grille, celebrates the sea through its breathtaking setting, nautically-influenced design, and menu that reflects the best of the local catch -- the freshest seafood prepared in a minimalist yet artful way.
While always focused on the Boston Harbor Hotel, Daniel still has found time to lend his expertise elsewhere and expand his beloved Festival and Meritage to other cities. In March 2011, the Maison Dupuy Hotel in New Orleans celebrated its fifth season of the French Quarter Wine Festival. In 2010, Daniel brought the festival to two new cities, Washington D.C. and Berkeley, Calif. The Capital Wine Festival launched at The Fairfax at Embassy Row, while the Claremont Hotel Club & Spa welcomed the Berkeley Wine Festival. The growth of the wine festivals and their success have also generated new culinary endeavors in the host hotels. Two years ago, Daniel worked on the opening of two new Meritage restaurants, one at the Maison Dupuy and the other at the Claremont. Inspired by Meritage at the Boston Harbor Hotel, these new restaurants similarly celebrate food and wine pairings.
Born and raised in northern New England, Daniel Bruce graduated with honors from Johnson & Wales University in Rhode Island, and then traveled to Italy and France for more traditional training. Upon his return to the United States, he began working in New York City at the legendary 21, in quick time becoming the youngest executive chef in its history. Daniel’s dream, however, was to return home to New England and find a place where he could fully develop the many dimensions of his talent and culinary interests. Now in his third decade at the Boston Harbor Hotel, Daniel has never allowed his time at the hotel to become routine, always finding creative ways to broaden the culinary experience of his restaurants’ patrons and guests of the hotel.
Internationally-renowned, Daniel Bruce has been awarded the title of Vice Consellier Culiniaire, Bailliage de Boston, and he has been honored twice as one of the “Best Hotel Chefs in America” at the James Beard House. In 2009, Daniel was the featured chef at the Celebrity Chef and Winemaker Auction Dinner at the Nantucket Wine Festival, as tribute to two decades of dedication to wine and food education. Additionally, Daniel is an honorary member of Chevalier du Tastevin and has been recognized by Boston magazine as the city’s Best Hotel Chef. Daniel has made numerous live television appearances on national programs such as The Today Show and Live with Regis and Kelly. He was awarded an honorary doctorate from his alma mater, Johnson & Wales University, in 1996.