Café Lafayette’s story began more than 20 years ago in the town of Evian in the French Alps. Chef and owner, Fred Imbert, grew up there and dreamed of having his own restaurant. After a year in London working with seasoned chefs he made the move to California. He has managed kitchens of all sizes ever since: a year at Marriot Visalia, several years as executive chef for Kaweah Delta Health Care District, a bakery of his own in Hanford for five years and was the chef at Monet’s Restaurant for seven years. Twenty years later his dream has been realized and on January 3, 2015 Café Lafayette opened it’s doors in Exeter, California.
General Marquis de Lafayette traveled from France hoping to aid General George Washington in the revolutionary cause. He brought with him a determination and spirit that impressed General Washington and together they built an alliance between France and America at a very important time for both countries.
It is with this same determination and spirit that Fred brings to his customers a French influence on American food. Fred believes that cooking is a way to show creativity and does this through his ever changing menu.