Born in Northern France, Jean-Robert began culinary training at age 16, learning and traveling across Europe and the United States. In 1993 Jean-Robert moved to Cincinnati when he became Chef de Cuisine at the legendary Maisonette, the longest running Mobil five-star restaurant in North America. From 2002 through early 2009, he was founding partner, Chef de Cuisine and creative force of Jean-Robert at Pigall’s, JeanRo Bistro, Pho Paris, Greenup Café and Lavomatic Café. He currently opporates the following restaurants:
Jean-Robert’s Table – opened August 2010
French Crust Café – opened August 2013
Le Bar a Boeuf – opened March 2015
Restaurant L – opened August 2016 in partnership with Richard Brown
Frenchie Fresh – opened September 2016
Closest to his heart however, is his own charitable cause. Jean-Robert and his wife Annette became tireless fundraisers for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) research and awareness after the loss of their baby daughter, Tatiana, in 2002.
Since 2003, with the generous support of the Greater Cincinnati food community, they have raised more than $850,000 for SIDS research, awareness, education and prevention, as well as for the Tatiana de Cavel Scholarship Fund at the Midwest Culinary Institute at Cincinnati State. Their main source of funds, eat.play.give., hosts a Friends and Family SIDS Brunch every October during SIDS Awareness month. Jean-Robert and Annette’s wish is to eradicate SIDS so that no parent suffers the devastating loss of an infant.
Jean-Robert lives just across the Ohio River from Cincinnati in Newport, Kentucky with Annette and daughter Laeticia. He became a naturalized United States Citizen in 2011.