Jean-Robert de Cavel

Jean-Robert de Cavel
Born (1961-09-12) September 12, 1961[1]
Roubaix, France
Education Le Feguide, Lille, France.
Spouse(s) Annette Pfund de Cavel

Culinary career

Cooking style French

Jean-Robert de Cavel is a celebrity chef[2] in Cincinnati, Ohio. He was Chef de cuisine at The Maisonette from 1993-2002, Executive chef at Jean-Robert at Pigall's from 2002-2009, and currently operates Jean-Robert's Table, Le Bar a Boeuf and French Crust Cafe. He and his wife founded the de Cavel Family SIDS Foundation, which runs Eat.Play.Give: Friends and Family SIDS Brunch, a culinary event that is the country's largest SIDS fundraiser.

Family background and personal life

De Cavel was born in Roubaix, France. He was educated at Le Feguide culinary school in Lille, France.[1][3] He and his wife Annette Pfund de Cavel[4] live in Newport, Kentucky[1] with their daughter Laeticia.[5]


In 2003 de Cavel and his wife Annette founded the de Cavel Family SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) Foundation following the death of their first child, Tatiana.[1] Since then it has grown annually to become the largest SIDS fundraiser in the country.[4][5]

Professional Career

De Cavel worked in Zermatt,[1] Antibes, the British West Indies, and New York City before moving to Cincinnati in 1993 to become Chef de cuisine at The Maisonette,[6] which earned 5 stars from Mobil during his time there.[5] He left in 2002 to join a partnership to run his own restaurants Jean-Robert at Pigall's, which became Ohio's only Mobil four-star restaurant.[7] With his partners he went on to open JeanRo Bistro, Pho Paris, Greenup Cafe, Twist, and Lavomatic Cafe, all located in the greater Cincinnati area.[1][5] In 2009 he left the partnership[1] to start Jean-Robert's Table in 2010,[1] French Crust in 2011,[1] Le Bar a Boeuf in 2014[5] and Eat at Jean-Bob's in 2015.[8] He has been called "arguably the most recognizable chef in town"[9] and "one of the region's most well-known chefs".[10]


Since 2009 he has been chef-in-residence at the Midwest Culinary Institute.[5]


De Cavel has received three James Beard nominations for Best Chef in the Midwest.[1] During his tenure The Maisonette received five stars from Mobil. Jean-Robert at Pigall's received four stars from Mobil and was recognized by Relais & Châteaux.[1] In 2007 he was named a Master Chef by Maîtres Cuisiniers de France.[1]


De Cavel has been associated with 3-star Michelin restaurant La Bonne Auberge in Antibes, France; The Restaurant at Malliouhana in the British West Indies; La Regence[1] and La Gauloise[1] in Manhattan. In Cincinnati he has been associated with 5-star Mobil restaurant The Maisonette,[1] 4-star Mobil restaurant Jean-Robert at Pigall’s, JeanRo Bistro, Pho Paris, Greenup Café, Twist, Lavomatic Café, Jean-Robert's Table, French Crust, and Le Bar a Boeuf[11] and Eat at Jean-Bob's.[3][5][8]


  1. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 Brandt, Alyssa (Nov 2013). "The Man Who Came to Dinner". Cincinnati Magazine. Retrieved July 27, 2015.
  2. Gelfand, Janelle (February 17, 2016). "Went to the symphony and a wedding broke out". Cincinnati Enquirer. Retrieved February 22, 2016.
  3. 1 2 Martin, Chuck. "Chef finds delicious success". The Cincinnati Enquirer. Retrieved 2 June 2015.
  4. 1 2 Cohen, Jessica. "De Cavels' brunch offers first-class food for a cause". The Cincinnati Enquirer. Retrieved 3 June 2015.
  5. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 "Jean-Robert de Cavel". Retrieved 2 June 2015.
  6. "Chef Jean-Robert de Cavel brings French cuisine to the Dish". CBS This Morning. July 18, 2015. Retrieved July 27, 2015.
  7. Cohen, Alex. "Ohio's Only Four-Star Restaurant To Close". NPR. Retrieved 2 June 2015.
  8. 1 2 Campbell, Polly (September 18, 2015). "Jean-Robert opens burger stand in Paul Brown". Cincinnati Enquirer. Retrieved October 17, 2015.
  9. "Best of Cincinnati". Retrieved 11 September 2015.
  10. Folk, Jesse (October 16, 2015). "Renowned local chef aims to help save infants". WCPO-TV. Retrieved October 17, 2015.
  11. Larson, Sarah. "Jean-Robert de Cavel bringing new restaurant to Cincinnati". Escoffier. Retrieved 2 June 2015.

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