Chef Franck Loquet of iCi Urban Bistro - Biography

Washington, D.C.

November 2014

A Paris native, Franck Loquet’s biggest culinary influences are his grandparents. As a boy, he always anticipated Wednesday lunches with them in Bordeaux, where he could explore and taste the flavors of the region. These experiences first ignited his passion for food.

Those Wednesdays propelled Loquet into a life globe-trotting and deepening his culinary skills and knowledge as he cooked and traveled from Scotland and England to France and Switzerland, over the course of 15 years. When he received his culinary and restaurant management degrees from École Hôtelière de Paris Jean Drouant, Loquet worked his way through multiple Michelin-starred establishments, including Bartolotta’s Lake Park Bistro in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Calihan Catering Inc. in Chicago, Illinois, and Ze Kitchen Galerie in Paris, France. His impeccable French technique caught the eye of Alain Ducasse in 2009, and Loquet joined the opening faculty of his École de Cuisine in Paris as an instructor.

Back to the States, Loquet returned to the kitchen from the classroom, assuming the executive chef position at Sofitel Washington, D.C. Lafayette Square. He oversees the operations of both iCi Urban Bistro and Le Bar. Loquet continues to meld his penchant for French, Mediterranean, American, and Asian flavors with an emphasis on farm-fresh local products.