Antoine was born in Paris, France and raised in the suburbs, in a small town called Montmorency. He lost his father when he was just 6 years old. He and his brother were raised by his mom on her own. After High School, Antoine went to Culinary & Hospitality School in Paris where he graduated in 1983. Working in hospitality allowed him to travel around the world, working in England, Egypt, Switzerland & Mexico. His first job in England was at the 3 Michelin stars restaurant “Le Gavroche” where Gordon Ramsey was the sous-Chef. He moved permanently to the USA in 1989, at the age of 24.