Patrick Chabert was born in the Bas Bugey area of France, in the town of Belley, outside of Lyon, to a fourth generation of chefs. After school in 1965, he apprenticed in Cannes, France at Le Festival, and l’Oasis at La Napoule, a three-star Michelin restaurant with Chef Louis Outhier. He worked one season on a private yacht, then returned to his family restaurant for five more years, earning the restaurant one-star during that period. He then returned to Cannes and the south of France to work at the Gray d’Albion Hotel on the Rivera.
In 1983, Great Chef Jean Banchet hired him as his sous chef at Le Français in Wheeling, Illinois, outside Chicago. Great Chefs television showed up in 1985 to tape Chef Banchet for their PBS series Great Chefs of Chicago, and offered to return to tape Chef Chabert at a later date for a different series. In 1989, Chef Banchet sold Le Français to Great Chef Rolland Liccioni, who kept Chef Chabert on as his sous chef. It wasn’t until November, 1997 that Great Chefs kept their promise and returned to tape Chef Chabert at Le Français for the Discovery Channel’s Great Chefs of America series (episode # 125).
Chef Patrick Chabert left Le Français in 2000 to start his own catering firm in the same town, where he remains today in 2016. He also teaches and makes guest appearances for charitable fundraisers in the Chicagoland area.