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The Alhambra Performing Arts Center (APAC) is starting its 12th year after another successful season of free monthly concerts that included classical, flamenco, jazz, tributes to Glen Campbell and other artists, the Community Christmas Singalong, and many more. Chef/Artistic Director Bill Yee, an Alhambra resident, has been at the helm as a founding director and then for the past 10 years as artistic director and general manager in partnership with Sage Granada Park United Methodist Church, 1850 W. Hellman Ave., next to Granada Park.
Mr. Yee earns a living as an award winning chef entrepreneur. He holds many titles, including executive chef for popular L.A. Omelets Catering Company with corporate clients such as Amtrack, CINTAS, US Vets (homeless Veterans organization); sous-chef for several years for corporate clients AT&T and IBM at the internationally renowned Masters Golf Tournament in Augusta, Georgia; contract chef for a Beverly Hills staffing agency working with Food Network celebrity chefs such as Iron Chef Hiroyuki Sakai, Top Chef winner Nicholas Elmi, and the Oscars, Emmys, Coachella, Netflix, and many other Hollywood events.
He is a chef recruiter for large events such as the L.A. Greek Festival, US Foods, and others. On weekends, he often heads up the omelet station at the Langham Huntington Hotel (formerly The Ritz-Carlton) in Pasadena. He was hired by New York based Karlitz & Company to provide chefing assistance at Bobby Flay’s Taste of the World at Warner Bros. Studios during the Breeder’s Cup thoroughbred horse racing event for celebrity chefs Francois Payard, Martin Shanahan, and Ed Cooney. He is on the advisory boards of several culinary schools. He is in demand as a guest speaker and chef instructor and is the president of the Le Cordon Bleu Alumni Association. He is a board member of the Riverside based "Night for Veterans" fundraising committee. He is also a recent vice-president elect in the American Culinary Federation, which is the premier national organization for professional chefs.
In regard to Mr. Yee’s interest in music, gave a violin performance at age 12 in Carnegie Hall, was assistant concert master in the prestigious Brooklyn District Orchestra, performed for several years as lead guitar in popular Brooklyn rock groups, and was a jazz promoter at the Honolulu Downtown Jazz Festivals. He is long-term member of the renowned 140-voice Lake Avenue Church Sanctuary Choir and sings in the popular Dickens Holiday Carolers.
He invites entrepreneurial chefs who come from his alma mater, Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts, and other distinguished culinary schools to provide refreshments at APAC and promotes their services.
Mr. Yee’s motto is “Cooking is my profession. Music is my passion.”
Mr. Yee has booked an exciting 2018 concert season at APAC starting with the Beatlemania Singalong IV on Sunday Jan. 21, featuring Bob Shuster and band. A tribute to Burt Bacharach featuring legendary Jay Asher, will be on Sunday, Feb. 18, and Carnegie Hall pianist Hayk Arsenyan will perform on Sunday, March 11.
For more information, contact Mr. Yee at 626-230-5435 or firstname.lastname@example.org.