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We track down chefs who are missing in action to find out what they're up to now that the limelight's dimmed.
Last-known location Owner and top toque at Wheeling’s Le Francais. Founded in 1973, Le Francais was regarded as one of the best restaurants in America until some changing of hands in the mid-’90s and its closure in 2007.
Update Banchet first hung up his clogs in 1989 but returned for another brief stint at Le Francais that ended in 2001. The French chef is now fiercely committed to retirement, relishing trips on his BMW and Screaming Eagle Fat Boy Harley motorcycles. He lives in Jupiter, Florida, where he hosts massive parties, cooking up feasts of coq au vin.