Noah Quillec, Manager
Noah re-joined the family business in 2017 when he returned to Kansas City after spending several years in the Bay Area. He gained his deep love of cheese and gourmet foods while working working at Market Hall Foods in Oakland/Berkeley and is now our resident cheesemonger, and so much more.
As the manager at the French Market, Noah is passionate about delivering a delightful experience to every customer that walks in the door. He has helped make the French Market everything it is today and has big plans for the future!
Philip Quillec, Executive Chef
Chef Phillip has been Executive Chef at Café Provence for nearly 10 years, during which time the restaurant has been named one of the Top 100 Restaurants in the U.S. seven times.
Before returning to lead the kitchen at his family’s restaurant, he worked at several Michelin Star Restaurants in France — L’Auberge de La Charme in Dijon, France, and Le Cilantro in Arles, France — as well as Cassis Modern Bistro in Leawood, Le Petanque Brasserie in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and The Fairmont Hotel on the Plaza in Kansas City. He was named one of the country’s top culinary talents in the inaugural edition of Best Chefs America.
In addition to leading the award-winning kitchen staff at Cafe Provence, Philip oversees menu development and preparation at French Market.
Phil Diamond, Sommelier
Phil Diamond moved to Kansas City from New Orleans in 2010. After spending his twenties as a touring musician and writer for music magazines, Phil discovered his passion for the restaurant industry while waiting tables at The Rieger Hotel in downtown Kansas City.
He is a Certified Sommelier through the Court of Master Sommeliers and a Certified Specialist of Wine through the Society of Wine Educators.
Amy Beeman, Pastry Chef
A KC native and Mizzou graduate, Amy Beeman has devoted over a decade to honing her culinary skills in both Kansas City and Boston. Learning through experience and experimentation, Amy started at the local Dolce Bakery, before stepping up to become Executive Pastry Chef at Boston’s South End Buttery. Less than three years later, she accepted the position of Pastry Chef de Cuisine under renowned Pastry Chef and James Beard nominee Maura Kilpatrick at Sofra Bakery in Cambridge, Massachusetts. While at Sofra, she focused on Middle Eastern and Mediterranean spices and ingredients to create desserts from those regions with a modern twist.
During her time in Boston, Amy shared her knowledge and love of pastry through teaching classes and sharing recipes on the Boston Chefs website. Since returning to Kansas City, Amy worked as Pastry Chef at the Rieger, before joining the wonderful team at Café Provence and French Market in 2019. When not in the kitchen, you’ll find Amy exploring the vibrant culinary scene in Kansas City with her husband, Jon, reading all the truck books with her toddler, Henry or snuggling on the couch with her dog, Milly while watching The Great British Baking Show.
Allison Crumley, Assistant Manager
Allison was born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri where she attended a full immersion French school. After completing her bachelors degree in pyschology at UMKC, she used her French language acquisition to teach children in the same setting as the Librarian at Académie Lafayette.
While studying for her degree and raising her daughter, Allison started working in the service industry. She joined the French Market just over a year ago and enjoys using her French when interacting with guests and reading up on new products. When not at work, Allison enjoys spending time with her daughter and puppy on walks or curled up on the couch watching a Marvel movie.
Nick Spencer, Sous Chef
Nick grew up in Iowa and was studying to become a teacher before deciding to follow his true passion, cooking. He moved to Chicago where he attended culinary school and worked for Chef Stephanie Izard for 5 years at Little Goat Diner and Duck Duck Goat. Nick then moved back to Iowa to run a small bistro and catering company with the purpose of employing and teaching culinary job skills to adults with intellectual and physical disabilities.
A recent move brought Nick to the Kansas City area and shortly after he joined our team at the French Market! We are very excited for all of the exciting recipe ideas he has.
Liezel Irby, Front Counter
Liezel has been with the French Market for over 3 years. Before working at the French Market, Liezel owned a small sewing business in her hometown of Johannesburg, South Africa. Upon relocating back to Kansas City, she joined up with the French Market.
In her earlier days at the French Market, Liezel enjoyed making and serving our customers fresh and delicious crêpes and mastering the art of a crêperie. Having lived in different countries and being an avid foodie, Liezel loves nothing more than talking about food, cooking, and her family.
Carter Brandon, Cheese Counter
Carter moved to Kansas City from Fayetteville, Arkansas in 2017 on a whim. He quickly got a job on a tomato farm, like a character from a John Steinbeck novel, and taught chess on the side.
He joined the French Market team in October of 2019. As our newest cheese monger, Carter loves to help people find the best cheeses and charcuterie the city has to offer. His favorite meals at French Market are the chicken scaloppini and the boeuf bourguignon.
Anna Sorge, Events Manager
Anna has over 10 years of experience in events and has worked in all aspects of the industry.
Good at wearing many hats, Anna is adept at responding quickly to changing circumstances, always maintaining a positive, can-do attitude. Anna’s gifts of organization, attention to detail, creative imagination, concept design and contagious enthusiasm have earned her a reputation for excellence and she and her team produce events that are memorable and exceed expectations.
In her spare time, Anna is a wife and mother to four amazing children. She enjoys cooking and entertaining in their home in Kansas City.
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