Victor Scargle

Chef Victor Scargle is an avid grapeseed oil lover. Victor loves Salute Santé! Grapeseed Oil so much he uses it everywhere! Lucy’s Restaurant currently uses it for sautéing, for marinades, for salads and dressings, for desserts and even in the deep fryer! "I love the light taste which brings out the flavor of our fresh garden herbs, and the high smoke point for our hot food preparations" says Victor.

"Salute Santé! Grapeseed Oil is great because it adds body without competing with the flavors in a dish. For example, a little drizzle with some verjus brings out the highlights in Bardessono’s own salad mix or with tuna tartar, the Chardonnay grapeseed oil adds a little acid to balance the richness of the tartar." Victor also creates a lavoosh cracker with the Salute Santé! Chardonnay Grapeseed Flour on which he serves the tuna tartar.


Victor Scargle has loved cooking since childhood when he and his father would prepare such family favorites as spaghetti with clam sauce, lemon meringue pie and sugar cookies. He cooked in restaurants during high school and college so no one was surprised when, after studying economics at University of California, Santa Barbara, he returned to his childhood passion by enrolling in a one year apprenticeship at Fess Parker’s Red Lion Resort under Executive Chef Brian Bird. Following Chef Bird’s advice to travel and work with a variety of chefs and ingredients, Scargle worked for a year each under Chef Robin Haas of the Colony Bistro in Miami’s South Beach and Douglas Rodriguez at Patria in New York, then did stages at some of Manhattan’s best restaurants including Gramercy Tavern, Tribeca Grill, Park Avenue Cafe, Lespinasse and Aureole.

In 1995 Scargle returned to the West coast. He worked for Michael Mina at Aqua, San Francisco for three and a half years before assisting in the opening of Aqua, Las Vegas in 1998. Scargle was Executive Chef at Pisces in Burlingame, Ca, where he received three stars from the San Francisco Chronicle and was also one of the newspaper’s annual "Rising Star Chefs." Most recently, Chef Scargle worked in San Francisco for the highly acclaimed Jardiniere as Chef de Cuisine, followed by the Grand Café as Executive Chef.

Victor Scargle's Recipe:

Ahi Tuna Salad With California Avocado Mousse

  • 18 ounces ahi tuna -- small dice

  • 1 bunch chives -- chopped

  • 1 meyer lemon -- juiced

  • 1 tablespoon salute santé!

  • Extra Virgin Cold Pressed Salute Santé! Grapeseed Oil

  • 2 california avocado

  • 1 roma tomato -- concasse

  • 1/2 red onion -- minced

  • 1/2 cup cilantro -- chopped

  • 1 lime -- juiced

  • 1 teaspoon napa hot sauce

  • 1 ruby red grapefruit -- sections reserve juice

  • 1 tangerine -- sections -- reserve juice

  • 1 meyer lemon -- sections -- reserve juice

  • Kosher salt

  • White pepper

  • 1⁄2 cup micro cilantro

  • 2 tablespoons Salute Santé! Grapeseed Oil

  • 6 empty tuna fish cans -- top and bottom removed washed

Mix items one through four and season with salt and white pepper. In a separate bowl mix items five through ten, season with salt and white pepper. Toss citrus sections in extra virgin olive oil season with salt and white pepper. Reduce citrus juices cool and whisk in grapeseed oil to emulsify. To plate place a layer of avocado mousse 1⁄3 of the way up tuna can. With a spoon smooth out the top and remove any excess from the sides higher up. Next place tuna mix on top of avocado mousse. Place a pile of mixed sections on opposite side of plate. Dress micro arugula in juices left from the bowl with sections, do not overdress. Drizzle citrus reduction around the plate and serve.