Chef Paul Murphy Leaves Humphrey's After More Than A Decade | Nicolas Bour Appointed As New Executive Chef

Chef Nicolas Bour
August 19, 2015

Shelter Island’s iconic bayside property - Humphreys - today announced the appointment of Nicolas Bour to the position of executive chef of Humphreys Restaurant, Humphreys Backstage Live and Humphreys Half Moon Inn & Suites. The role of executive chef at Humphreys was previously held for 13 years by Paul Murphy, who is moving into a new role with US Foods. The silver-tongued toque was loved for his ability to juggle multiple roles, all with good humor and for his adaptation of modern global cuisine.

Chef Bour comes to the celebrated property from Mistral at Loews Coronado Resort and previously led the opening team of AVANT at Rancho Bernardo Inn as executive chef and subsequently operated the kitchen for several years. Among his impressive list of accomplishments, Bour was selected to chef for President George Bush, Prince Abdullah of Saudi Arabia and King Hussein of Jordan and at the inauguration of President Barack Obama. He is also among an elite number of chefs who have cooked at the James Beard House in New York City. Bour will begin his post August 31 and will roll out his first menu in mid-to-late October.

"Filling this role has been a challenge as we have an extremely high level of dedication, service and passion across the Humphreys property," said Sergio Davies, general manager of Humphreys Half Moon Inn & Suites. "Nicolas is very well-known and respected in San Diego, he’s exceptionally talented and he expressed extreme commitment to our property. We are delighted he will be joining the Humphreys team."

Bour will oversee not only Humphreys Restaurant but all food and beverage on the property, including Humphreys Backstage Live, Humphreys Half Moon Inn & Suites and the many personalities and tastes of the musicians and comedians who perform during Humphreys Summer Concerts by the Bay.

“As someone who has a history with leading properties in San Diego, I couldn’t be more excited for this opportunity with Humphreys,” Bour said. “I’m extremely committed to providing a world-class experience for guests and look forward to introducing my own cooking style to the menu.”

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