My Journey From the Pyrenees to California

My Journey From the Pyrenees to California

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Jean Matocq left his home in the Pyrenees for Paris at age sixteen. While studying the hotel business at the Paris hotel School, he worked as a busboy, assistant waiter, chef de rang, and sommelier. Jean came to the United States and made his way to San Francisco in 1958. He joined the staff at the legendary San Francisco restaurant Trader Vica€™s, where for twelve years he worked as a captain and maArtre da€™. Striking out on his own, Jean Matocq owned restaurants and motels in Washington State, at Lake Tahoe and at Clearlake. Along the way he earned an AA degree, worked as a real estate broker, a notary, and a business broker. a€œWe opened the Bon Vivant restaurant in Lake Tahoe and did well, but my thirst for world exploration and a decent offer for the business were compelling factors leading me to resume my many voyages.a€ Those voyages have taken Jean and his wife Jeannine around the world, including stops in Europe , South Africa, Argentina, and New Zealand. His experiences as a restaurateur, a hotelier, and a global traveler have given Jean Matocq a unique perspective on his adopted country, its ideals and its history.His first car wasa 421 cubic inch V8 Trans Am. After much trouble with it, he decidedto change cars. Hischoice was a ... The MG had a manual transmissionso I drove it to theapartment and Jeannine and John followed me. But then we had toanbsp;...

Title:My Journey From the Pyrenees to California
Author:Jean Louis Matocq
Publisher:Page Publishing Inc - 2015-02-13


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