Our Chefs and Team
Executive Chef Bernard Guillas and Chef de Cuisine Percy Oani each bring their own masterful style and taste to create The Shores’ celebrated cuisine. Blending the best seasonal and local fare into every bite, the dining poise of these two top chefs pairs perfectly with wine and drink selections from around La Jolla, San Diego and beyond.
Executive Chef Bernard Guillas
Award-winning Chef Bernard Guillas joined La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club, Inc. as Executive Chef in June 1994. In addition to The Shores, Guillas is responsible for directing the resort’s other two restaurants.
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 Maitres 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.
Chef Bernard 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, and is an 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.
In March 2011 Chef Bernard was inducted into the prestigious Association of Maître Cuisiniers de France. He is one of only two chefs in San Diego with this distinction.
Chef de Cuisine Percy Oani
Chef de Cuisine Percy Oani leads The Shores’ restaurant and catering teams with over 15 years of experience in the culinary arts. Chef Oani’s use of fresh seafood and seasonal ingredients combined with the restaurant’s ocean views and welcoming atmosphere, help create unforgettable dining experiences.
Oani’s culinary career began in the front of the house, waiting tables and tending bar, only to find that his interest always swayed toward the kitchen. Encouraged by his family, he attended California Culinary Academy in San Francisco. Oani’s first employer out of culinary school, Peohe’s on Coronado Island, recognized his talent and promoted him to Sous Chef within the first year. In 2000, he accepted a position at Roy’s Restaurant leading culinary teams around the country including Phoenix, Jacksonville and Los Angeles. Chef Oani’s modern focus on European dishes with a Pacific-inspired flare makes the perfect addition to The Shores’ team.
Restaurant Manager Jennifer Bresnan
Seasoned restaurant manager and foodie, Jenny Bresnan brings her experience and enthusiasm to the Shores Restaurant. With a strong background in mixology, Jenny has added excitement, fun and creativity in partnership with chef de cuisine Percy Oani.
The Shores has received numerous Diner’s Choice Awards and Gayot’s Best Place for Brunch in San Diego. The Shores Restaurant is a fun, casual neighborhood favorite, where service, atmosphere, food and wine intermingle to form a feast for all the senses.