Philippe Haddad brings 38 years of global, culinary and hospitality experience to Cape Dutch and True Story Brands by offering his innovative cooking techniques and recipe creations along with his life-of-the-party character and passion for food and wine.A native of Bruges, Belgium, Haddad began his culinary journey as a teenager when he exhibited more than a passing interest in the culinary arts. Haddad was accepted to the most renowned hotel institute in Belgium, Hotel School Ter Duinen. Haddad’s passion and elite training allowed him to find work in a numerous regions and countries such as Belgium, the south of France, United Kingdom, Bermuda, the West Indies, the U.S. Virgin Islands and more. Throughout the years, Haddad gained insight into the customs and cultures that surround each country’s culinary traditions.
Haddad has worked in a variety of environments, some of which include hotels, resorts, restaurants, private clubs and private yachts. His impressive career includes L’Escoffier in The Beverly Hilton Hotel, The St. James Club in Antigua and Paris, The Ritz-Carlton in St.Thomas as well as many top country clubs throughout the U.S. In Atlanta, he was the executive chef at F&B, Occidental Grand (now the Four Seasons Hotel), The Abbey and Nikolai’s Roof. By 1999, Chef Haddad broke away from the hotel and resort industry and opened his own Zagat-rated Buckhead hot spot, Philippe’s Bistro. After a half-decade in business, Haddad spent the next three years working in the food and beverage division luxury brand hotels and resorts. In 2017, Chef Haddad was inducted into “The French Culinary Academy,” a worldwide organization based in Paris, France with a delegation of 120 chefs in the U.S.
Chef Haddad has been recognized by the James Beard Foundation as well as received a DiRōNA award. When not in the kitchen, Haddad commits himself to a handful of local charities and volunteer opportunities. From being nominated as a candidate for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s “Man of the Year” campaign in 2015 in honor of his father to working with the Children of Restaurant Employees (CORE), Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry, the Make-a-Wish Foundation and Meals on Wheels, Haddad enjoys giving back to the community which has given so much to him.