Jean Paul Bondoux was born in Luzy, a region of Bourgogne, France. At the age of 16, he traveled to Paris where he studied hotel business and started working at the Hotel Napoleon, where he learned the basics of French cookery. In 1975, he and his wife Evelyn, traveled throughout France working at different two and three-star Michelin restaurants. In 1979, they moved to Punta del Este and in 1981, opened La Bourgogne. In 1993, they opened a second La Bourgogne Restaurant at the Alvear Palace Hotel in Buenos Aires.
In 1998, the Great Chefs Television crew showed up in Punta del Este to tape Chef Jean Paul Bondoux for their Great Chefs of the World television series for the Discovery Channel, where he prepared an appetizer of Stuffed Zucchini Flowers, a Rack of Lamb entrée, and a Rhubarb Torte for dessert.