At the ripe old age of 5, Chef Bruce was first exposed to cooking from his mom (Hazel). Bruce took food courses in Junior and High School and was bitten by the Food Bug. He went to S.A.I.T. to take night courses and worked during the daytime until he was able to write for his Ticket - which he passed. After completing courses in the States, as well as in Alberta, Bruce was honoured to be part of the team that cooked for H.R.H. Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh of England while they visited Grande Prairie, Alberta.
Chef Bruce took a short break in cooking to attend University in Toronto where he obtained his Degree in Environmental Health and after three years of field work, research and a full day of exams he passed and was given the status of "Certified Public Health Inspector as well as O.H.S.O. After working for three Provincial Governments in Canada, he felt let down by the Bureaucracy in the Health Field in Canada and decided to put his skills to work in the Food Industry again.
After cris-crossing North America cooking and learning under various Multi-cultural Chefs', as well as the N.W.T. where he was the Executive Chef and cooked on CBC Northern Cuisine. Bruce and his lovely wife - Martha, landed here in Taber back in 1998 where he worked in a local Hotel as a Sous Chef, then finally with Ricardo's in October 1999. Bruce & Martha have two wonderful girls.
After five years beside Johnson's IDA, they closed their doors in September 2004. After renovations and help from friends in Taber, they managed to open at their present location 5326 - 49 Avenue on November 8, 2004. Chef Bruce expanded his traditional Mexican food (since his wife was born in Mexico City - with a blood line back to the Aztecs) and expanded on the Italian side as well. Ricardo's does both Lunch ( 11:00 am - 2:30 pm) and supper (5:00 pm - 8:30 pm) Monday thru to Friday. Ricardo's closes for Saturdays and Sundays and all Statutory Holidays too. During the months of July and August they only open for Lunch with extended hours.(this gives them a chance to get caught up on their home chores, yard-work, etc.)
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CHEF BRUCE'S MOTTO Is simple
"We're only here because of you, for without you, we would not be here..."
CHEF BRUCES' CREDO IS SIMPLE TOO
" I'm here to seduce your taste buds" to give you fresh food at reasonable prices
"GOOD FOOD, GOOD WINE, GOOD FRIENDS"