Denis’s life calling was revealed to him when he led a group of Bora Bora junior high school students on a field trip, on which they viewed a pristine coral colony. Returning just days later, he found that the coral had been destroyed by the anchors of small boats. And he decided to do something about it.
Jean-Robert de Cavel
Born in France, Jean-Robert de Cavel worked abroad before moving to the United States. His first experience in the U.S. was in New York City, where he served as the Chef de Cuisine at Le Régence & La Gauloise within the Hôtel Plaza Athénée.
In 1993, he moved to Cincinnati to become the Chef de Cuisine at the Maisonette, maintaining the restaurant’s Mobil 5-star during his tenure. He was a founding partner and Chef de Cuisine at Pigall’s, JeanRo Bistro, Pho Paris, Greenup Café, and Lavomatic Café, and was named a Master Chef by Maîtres Cuisiniers de France in 2007.
In 2009, he was named Chef-in-Residence at the Midwest Culinary Institute at Cincinnati State. A year later, Jean-Robert’s Table opened in downtown Cincinnati, and in 2013, French Crust Café joined the area. It moved to Findlay Market in 2016, transforming to French Crust Café & Bistro. Le Bar a Boeuf began serving customers on Victory Parkway in 2015.
For Jean-Robert, 2016 was an eventful year, as he joined forces with partners to open both the fast-casual Frenchie Fresh and the fine-dining delight Restaurant L.
Join us aboard The Gauguin for a lecture and culinary demonstration by this acclaimed chef and entrepreneur.
other guest hosts appearing on the m/s Paul Gauguin
For nine years, Mark Eddowes has captivated guests of the m/s Paul Gauguin with fascinating tales of French Polynesia’s storied past, sharing his wealth of knowledge through lectures that that range from “The Cult of the Tiki” and “The Ancient Culture of the Marquesas Islands” to the real story of the Mutiny on the Bounty. These lectures are often cited as a highlight by our guests.
The University Distinguished Professor of Cultural Geography at Western Kentucky University, Dr. David Keeling has visited more than 185 countries and studied a wide range of topics, from the geography of exploration and discovery to socio-economic change. Join us aboard The Gauguin as he shares his expertise in a series of fascinating lectures.
Robin and Danuta Pfeiffer are the owners and winemakers of Pfeiffer Winery and Vineyards, an ultra-premium, sustainable, 70-acre vineyard with an international reputation for producing world-class Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris. Enjoy a wine lecture and a tasting of Pfeiffer Winery wines when Robin and Danuta join us aboard The Gauguin.
A native of California’s Sierra Mountains region, Scott Harvey developed a keen interest in wine as a high school foreign-exchange student in Germany. Between the two continents, he was fueled by an insatiable curiosity that they both could deliver, and he began developing a unique, signature style that blends influences of Old World Europe and New World California. Join us aboard The Gauguin for a presentation and tasting of his Amador Barbera and Zinfandel.