Bruce is a chef by trade, a creative by nature and a management professional by vocation– his background includes over 28 years as a published, televised and awarded chef, and as a professional local foods activist as the General Manager of Two Rivers Food Hub.  He is currently employed as the Product Development Chef for Ottawa’s Natural Food Pantry chain.

He has also enjoyed a concurrent career as a singer-songwriter and front-man for Kemptville, Ontario’s LARGEST band, The Burning Sensations. As a musician he has shared a core member with Austin’s infamous …And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead, he has written, performed and released more than 3 full albums of original material.  He has shared stages with folk legends like Garnet Rogers and Dave Gunning

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With Chris White, Garnet Rogers, Dave Gunning at 2015 Ottawa Grassroots Festival

and even opened for Canada’s favourite alt-country combo Blue Rodeo at the 2015 Kemptville Live Music Festival

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July 2015 Kemptville Live Music Festival

A native Texan, a current Canadian (by way of seven years in San Francisco), Bruce is married to Chef Nicole LeBlanc and a father to Abigail who is on the Autism Spectrum; Abigail’s highly specific dietary needs lead Nicole and Bruce to create a low carb bread substitute which Nicole has since built into a successful business, Love My Buns, a unique product that serves the Paleo, Low-Carb, Keto and Gluten-Free communities

Together, Bruce and Nicole owned and operated The Branch Texas Grill for 10 years– a popular and well known authentic (local and organic) Texas BBQ destination in Kemptville, Ontario. In addition to food that drew national recognition on the Food Network’s ‘You Gotta Eat Here‘ and an invitation to cook at the Prime Minister’s residence;

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With Nicole LeBlanc, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

The Branch was also a sought after gig as a listening room music venue that grew to host world class singer-songwriters like Mary Gauthier, Fred Eaglesmith, Stephen Fearing and more– even enjoying a visit from the truly royal Bruce Cockburn: 

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With Bruce Cockburn

Bruce was also the Sous Chef at San Francisco’s highly regarded vegan mecca, Millennium Restaurant for 7 years– during his tenure there he was the co-author with Executive Chef Eric Tucker of the restaurant’s well reviewed second cookbook The Artful Vegan (Ten Speed Press, 2003)

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With Cecelia Chang, Alice Waters, Eric Tucker

Bruce has had a varied and interesting life and career– from his early days in an Austin music scene that somehow had room for both Willie Nelson and The Butthole Surfers to travels and a career of cooking for celebrities and heads of state, to recent days where his interest and activism in the world of local foods has lead him to be a part of helping to change the very way we have access to local, healthy and sustainable food… At the end it is difficult to sum him up beyond saying that he has lived…

and has stories to tell…

Contact Bruce at bruce.eric.enloe@gmail.com, for music booking contact bruceenloemusic@gmail.com.


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