Jean Robert De-Cavel, a popular chef and restaurateur in Cincinnati, has died.
His family announced the award-winning chef died Friday from his five-year battle with leiomyosarcoma.
Jean Robert De-Cavel
Cincinnati will miss a great, loving cook, but my daughter and I will miss our husband and father the most. Annette de Cavel, his wife, noted in a statement.
Cavel entered Cincinnati in 1993 to serve as head chef at Maisonette. The restaurant subsequently closed, and he remained in Cincinnati and changed the culinary scene in the area. JR Group spearheaded French Crust Cafe & Bistro, Le Bar a Boeuf, Frenchie Fresh, Restaurant L and Jean-Robert’s Table.
“I’m proud to be a Cincinnatian,” de Cavel told WCPO in a 2019 interview. “The life of downtown, it wasn’t what it is today. I was part of it. It’s that beautiful evolution.”
A French entertainer was diagnosed with leiomyosarcoma in 2018, but continued making appearances at local restaurants. Although he never publicly addressed the circumstances of his illness, de Cavel said in 2019 that his appeal to live in the present came from his battle against cancer.
Cavel says, “Things you always speak about, things you want to do, just do it and have fun with it,”
The Cavel Family SIDS Foundation was founded in 2011 after the untimely death of their daughter, Tatiana, to sudden infant death syndrome. The de Cavel Family SIDS Foundation is a scholarship fund established in Tatiana’s honor that encourages students at Midwest Culinary Institute.
Cincinnati celebrated its most distinguished chef in 2021, renaming 7th Street at the corner of 7th Street and Vine Jean-Robert de Cavel Street.