He grew up in the country outside of Nantes, close to the Atlantic Coast (a culturally mixed border region between Brittany and the Loire Valley). For many years he lived in Paris, in Marseilles, in Montpellier, on the French Riviera in Cannes and in Metz, in Eastern France.
Patrick went to restaurant school when he was a teenager and worked in restaurants as a chef in Brittany, Paris, and in the South of France.
He holds the coveted French National Tour Guide Card (Guide-Interprète National), the official certification in France to allow him to legally serve as a guide throughout the country in sites and museums.
While guiding groups around the world (USA, Canada, Mexico, Guatemala, Ecuador and India, to name a few), he decided to pursue graduate studies in Art History at the University of Delaware. He went on to teach college level Art History and Culinary Arts. He is best known for his popular class, called “The Visual Culture of Food” that exposed students to the history of food and evolution of taste through the lens of art history.