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Honoring Julien Hug


Julien Renaud Hug, well-known restaurant host who was admired as a true gentleman, and who treated everyone regardless of status in a kindly and respectful way, died in Riverside, California on November 1, 2010, at the tragically young age of 35.


Julien, born in San Diego on February 4, 1975, was the son of Bertrand and Denise Hug, owners of two of San Diego’s premier restaurants, Mille Fleurs and Bertrand at Mister A’s. He began his restaurant career at age 14 as a dishwasher and worked his way through the ranks to become restaurant host and manager. 


Blessed with good looks, he was a debonair face on the San Diego restaurant scene and was picked as a contestant on the well-known TV series, The Bachelorette.


He was a graduate of Torrey Pines High School and attended Cal State San Marcos. His interests and achievements were many and varied. He was a certified skydiver with over 700 jumps, and a keen motorcycle and sports car enthusiast with an encyclopedic knowledge of both. He had a love of writing and he enjoyed expressing himself through the written word.


He was known for his gift of mimicry and sense of humor. He could often be found relating entertaining stories that generated laughter and mirth from family, friends, and co-workers.  


Julien personified to many a genteel man of a bygone era; courteous, engaging, and intelligent.  He was gracious to all and made friends with young and old alike. He had a special talent for making people feel welcome and comfortable in his restaurants. He was active in many charitable causes in his community, most notably Kids Korps, where he was honored along with his parents in February 2009 with the National Leadership Award.


He is survived by his parents Bertrand and Denise Hug of Rancho Santa Fe, his grandfather Alfred Hug of Figeac, France, and many aunts, uncles, and cousins.


He was a dedicated son to his parents and proud of his French heritage. His kind spirit will be greatly missed by all.


Memorial services will be held at The Village Church in Rancho Santa Fe on Friday, November 12, at 3 o’clock in the afternoon. Due to the overwhelming outpouring of support the service will now be private as the church has limited space. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to the Julien Hug Memorial Fund c/o the Village Church in Rancho Santa Fe, Post Office Box 704, Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067.


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