François de Mélogue grew up in a very French household in Chicago. His earliest attempts at cookery began with the filleting of his sister’s goldfish at age two and a braised rabbit dish made with his pet rabbits by age seven. He eventually stopped cooking his pets and went to the highly esteemed New England Culinary Institute where he graduated top of his class in 1985.
While staging with Robuchon, Chef François began to shape his personal culinary philosophy of “Cuisine Actuelle,” which showcases the natural flavor in the ingredients used to create his dishes. In line with his belief that food should be prepared without unnecessary distractions or alterations, François creates honest, healthy and delicious cuisine that is approachable and always delightful. Chef François specializes in simply prepared Southern French-inspired cuisine enhanced by his appreciation and knowledge of fine wine, craft beer, charcuterie and cheese. He is a fervent student and strong advocate of regional French cuisines, specifically the rustic cuisines of Lyon and Provence. With wife Lisa, they conduct highly personalized, insider gastronomic tours of Burgundy/Lyon, Provence and the Pacific Northwest.
Chef François resides in Vancouver, Washington with his wife Lisa and seven-year-old son Beaumont, who has proclaimed himself the family saucier. He has written his first cookbook about Provence, simply entitled ‘Cuisine of the Sun’, and works for Foods in Season, America’s foremost foraging company specializing in hyper-seasonal, wild foraged and fished foods from the Pacific Northwest.
Lisa de Mélogue is obsessed with creating organization and weaving fun and education into everything she encounters. She has over 15 years of hospitality experience doing everything from managing restaurants and tasting rooms (including world-renowned Duckhorn Wine Company and Roederer Estate), conducting educational wine classes to hosting wine and food events of all sizes. Lisa is a Francophile who loves all things French and is thrilled to share her passion and love with the group.
Check out Francois’ Guys Grocery Games appearance!
François is available for food/lifestyle photography, writing, TV appearances and a pint of beer. François can be reached at chefdemelogue AT gmail DOT com. Lisa can be reached at demelogue AT gmail DOT com.