My Bio:

A little information about me – Luis Ayllon:

I’m the Chef.  

My wife Lisa and I own Cab’s Wine Bar Bistro (Lisa is the General Manager – she runs the front of the restaurant)


Culinary Schools

Dumas Père Ecole de Cuisine – Glenview, IL (1984 graduate)

La Varenne Ecole de Cuisine – Paris, France (1987 graduate)



Sauces, wine and food matches, seafood, and game.


A few places I’ve worked

Barnaby’s Pizza

Sheraton Walden Hotel

Pizza hut

CNC industries (machine shop)

Yesterday’s Café


Where I really learned to cook (besides cooking school and apprenticeships)

 The Landings of Libertyville

Rupert’s Rib and Chop House

Hotel Nikko Chicago ‘87 – ‘91

Bistro Banlieue in Lombard, Illinois ‘91 – ’97 (took over as Chef in ’94)

Cab’s Wine Bar Bistro ’97 – present (Hired as Chef – Lisa and I bought the restaurant in 2004)


Apprenticed at:

Ritz Carlton Hotel in Chicago 1985

Le Grenadin Restaurant in Paris, France 1986 - 1987



Buffalo Grove High School – Buffalo Grove, IL (1976 – 1979)

William Fremd High SchoolPalatine, IL (1980 graduate)

Southern Illinois University, Carbondale 1980 – 1982 (Lisa and I met there in 1981)

Born in New Jersey

Grew up mostly in Arlington Heights and Palatine, Illinois

Married to Lisa (Duff) Ayllon since 1983

We have two daughters Lauren (24) and Jenna (21)

Lisa and I have a grandson – Derek Luis Toomey (9 months)

Our little Patterdale terrier mix dogs – Lucy and Charlie (mom and son)


A couple of my hobbies:

Guitar mostly finger-style guitar – I love music

Metal sculpture (welding)


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