bitter & twisted
Chef Bob Tam cooks from the heart. The Hong Kong born, San Francisco native learned the love of cooking as child from his mom. From shopping with her in Chinatown and helping prepare dinner with his sibling in their North Beach Victorian flat…it was always family thing. From the ripe old age of 17, Chef Tam has been honing his skills in the culinary world for the last 23 years.
His first chef position was at the James Beard Award nominated Betelnut (San Francisco). Tam was then recruited to be the first Research and Development Chef for P.F. Chang's China Bistro. The position allowed Mr. Tam the opportunity to explore and taste some of the best restaurant/chef offerings in the U.S., China, Canada, Taiwan, Japan, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore and London.
Chef Tam has worn many hats including: Proprietor, Chef, R&D Chef, Corporate Chef, Executive Sous Chef as well as mentor to many other chefs. He has worked with menus that include Italian, Spanish, Mexican, Asian of all kinds, French, African and Fusion. He has consulted in many kitchens and been on teams supporting restaurant development and openings including Gertrude's at the Desert Botanical Garden, La Piazza PHX and Cyclo Vietnamese.
Currently, as Chef and Partner, Tam applies his wealth of influences and experience to Bitter & Twisted Cocktail Parlour in Phoenix, where he has created contemporary take on world inspired bar bites with an Asian flair, garnering a lot of positive buzz from local press. Chef Tam’s creations pair perfectly with Bitter & Twisted’s from-scratch cocktail program created by principal barman and proprietor Ross Simon (whimsically packaged in a 31-page illustrated Book o’ Cocktails that changes annually). Bitter & Twisted Cocktail Parlour (B&T) is a multi award-winning cocktail bar housed inside the historic 1920s-era Luhrs City Center in the heart of Downtown Phoenix.
Chef Bob Tam continues to add his talents toward the development unique culinary offerings in the Phoenix area.