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Portland, OR


Francois and Lisa conduct highly personalized and fun insider culinary adventures to the world’s most edible locations, focusing on Burgundy/Lyon, Provence and the Pacific Northwest. They pair up with insider locals to uncover the hidden treasures that you won’t find on a typical tour, creating unique, delectable and memorable culinary adventures.

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.

Chef François de Mélogue has over 30 years of cross-cultural culinary experience and brings an impressive culinary history and a unique Mediterranean cooking style. After graduating top of his class from the notable New England Culinary Institute, Chef François began his career in a number of highly acclaimed kitchens across the country, including Chef Louis Szathmary’s restaurant The Bakery in Chicago, Old Drovers Inn, a Relais and Chateaux property in New York and Joel Robuchon Gastronomie restaurant in Paris, before opening award-winning restaurant Pili Pili in his hometown of Chicago, rated in the Top Ten new restaurants in the World by Food and Wine magazine in 2003.

While staging with Robuchon, Chef François began to shape his personal culinary philosophy of “Cuisine Actuelle,” which showcases the natural flavor of 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 is a fervent student and strong advocate of regional French cuisines, specifically the rustic cuisines of Lyon and Provence, and specializes in simply prepared Southern French-inspired cuisine enhanced by his appreciation and knowledge of fine wine, craft beer, charcuterie and cheese.

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 appeared on many TV shows, including the Food Networks’ Guy’s Grocery Games, where his love of food and outgoing personality helped him win. He wrote his first cookbook simply entitled ‘Cuisine of the Sun’, which is, as one reviewer wrote, ‘An edible love letter to the South of France.’ He currently works for Foods in Season, America’s foremost foraging company specializing in hyper-seasonal, wild foraged and fished foods from the Pacific Northwest and purveyor to the great restaurants of America.

Lisa de Mélogue is obsessed with the intricacies of creating organization while weaving fun and education into everything she encounters. She has over 15 years of hospitality experience, managing restaurants and tasting room experiences, including with the world-renowned Duckhorn Wine Company and France’s Roederer Estate. She has conducted educational wine classes, pop-up dinners and hosted international wine and food festivals and events of all sizes.