Hubert Sandot was born in Madagascar to a French mother and Martinquais father, and he was raised in Paris. After getting his bachelor’s degree in economics and social studies, he went to work at the Hotel George V in Paris for five years, learning the ropes by starting out as night manager. By 1985 he was food and beverage director of the 5-star Hotel Barzac in Paris.
He then went to Japan to take a break, and married his wife who worked as a fashion model. In 1989 they came to the United States to find the place they liked best, ended up in New Orleans as their choice and opened L’ Economie, an intimate 55-seat restaurant in the downtown Warehouse District. Great Chefs taped him in 1992 for their Great Chefs, the Louisiana New Garde television series.
In 1994 he closed L’ Economie and opened Martinque in the Uptown area of New Orleans, where it still is a major success. He sold Martinque in 2003, before Hurricane Katrina.