Owner Mary Beth Liccioni began her studies in the culinary arts at Washburn Trade School where she entered into the Chef's Training Program. Her departure from Washburn lead to a job under the tutelage of Chef Guy Petit at Crickets in Chicago , this was followed by a term with Jean Banchet at Le Français in Wheeling . Eventually Mary Beth took up artistic residence as Chef de Pâtisserie at Carlos' in Highland Park , Illinois . It was at Carlos' that Mary Beth met and formed her partnership with Roland Liccioni. In 1989 Mary Beth and her former partner Roland acquired Chef Banchet's Le Français, raising the bar at this already renowned destination, the Liccionis gained critical acclaim almost immediately..

 

The list of awards they earned included: AAA Five-Diamond, Mobil Travel Guide Five-Stars, and Wine Spectator's One of the Greatest Wine Lists in the World, induction into the prestigious Relais & Châteaux, and Traditions & Qualité's Les Grandes Tables du Monde, as well as numerous other distinctive accolades. Also, Mary Beth was ranked among the top ten pastry chefs by Chocolatier magazine. In 1990 Mary Beth formed Chocolats Le Français as a satellite company to the restaurant. It was around this time that it became necessary for Mary Beth to branch-out further with her talents such that she could both see to administrative details and look after the front of the house, nurturing her businesses as a mother nurtures her children. Mary Beth's tireless ambition led her further still; she acquired the then private Les Nomades from Jovan Trboyevic in 1993, and has been director of Les Nomades since that time. Once Ms. Liccioni completed her tenure at Le Français in 1999, she focused her energies on Les Nomades leaving it sole heir to her talent.

 

Along with her keen business sense and gracious personal style, Mary Beth has an insatiable desire for knowledge. She has become fluent in the French language, regularly attends wine courses and is regarded by many as a connoisseur of wine and gastronomie.