About the Dumonets

Chef Jean-Louis Dumonet has been cooking professionally for over forty years at some of the finest establishments in the world. Born in Poitiers and raised in Paris, he grew up in a family of restaurateurs. Jean-Louis graduated at the top of his class at L’École Hôtelière Jean Drouant in Paris, France’s #1 restaurant cooking and management school, where he met his wife, Karen. He trained in some of Europe’s best kitchens.

Over the course of his professional life, Jean-Louis has cooked around the world, from Thailand to Scotland, Portugal, England, Mexico, Canada, Morocco, and of course, across the United States and France. Each locale has helped to educate, influence, and further refine his cuisine and culinary vision.

Chef Dumonet’s cooking is best described as traditional, haute yet hearty, with a focus on simplicity and letting the ingredients speak for themselves. With his talented touch, exciting flavors and texture nuances are constantly rediscovered.

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A Scot born and raised in Paris, Karen always wanted to travel the world. She met Jean-Louis while studying Hotel Business at L’École Hôtelière Jean Drouant in Paris. The two have been traveling the world and working together – in restaurants, hotels, and events – ever since, now for more than 35 years. 

Now Karen is bringing her unparalleled charisma and strength in communication and management of customer relations and events to Restaurant Rochambeau.

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