Patrick Gateau was born in Paris to parents who were butchers and skilled in the art of charcuterie. Following school and apprenticing, he began his career at the Hotel de Crillon, a four-star hotel, followed by the Hotel de Paris in Moulins, then to Monte Carlo to work at Bec Rouge. His first position as sous chef was in Beaune at Cheval Noir.
Great Chefs caught up with him at the Carl Gustav Hotel on the French island of St. Barthelemy in the French West Indies. Chef Patrick was the chef de cuisine, and he was taped for their Great Chefs of the Caribbean television series for the Discovery Channel.
He has since returned to France to be the chef of enterprises in Lyon for Le Ramequin.