La Voute restaurant was inspired by chef Dominique Tougne who was born in Alsace, France. However, his heritage is rooted in the Dordogne region in the southwest corner of the country. At age fourteen, he started training at the culinary school in Blois outside of Paris then continued cooking with such French culinary greats as Jacques Senechal and Joel Robuchon. In 1996, he was recruited by the Levy Restaurant Organization to be chef de cuisine at Bistro 110 across from the Water Tower Building in Chicago where he remained till 2011. In 2012, with former Blackhawks player Cristobal Huet, he created Chez Moi, a unique French bistro in the heart of Lincoln Park. Chef Dominique is also a member of the Académie Culinaire de France. He has been given various honors from the French government including ºChevalier de l'ordre du mérite agricole, and was honored with The National Order of Merit aka Ordre National du Mérite in 2015.