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RIP Jean Banchet

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I'm surprised that no one else started this thread. While I certainly have no quibble with the praised heaped on Charlie Trotter in recent weeks, Banchet deserves recognition also. Dining at Le Francais when it was under Banchet's direction was a superb experience. Banchet contributed much to putting Chicago on the map as a food destination.

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  1. Jean Banchet and Jovan Trboyevic put Chicago on the map as a serious dining destination. Trboyevic's Le Perroquet was as sophisticated as any restaurant in NYC.

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    1. re: glennalexander

      Yes, le Perroquet was special also.