Raphael Francois

Raphael Francois

Chef & Owner/Partner, Tesse & Fanny’s

// Creators of West Hollywood

Born and raised in Belgium and France, Chef Raphael Francois is a driving force behind West Hollywood’s culinary renaissance. A veteran of Michelin-starred kitchens in Europe, he brought his lifelong love of French cuisine and great wine to West Hollywood, where he now lives and runs Tesse, Boutellier Wines and Fanny’s, located at the new Academy Museum.

Raphael was filmed at Fanny’s at the Academy Museum and at Tesse on The Sunset Strip.

“Ever since I was a teenager, my dream was to move to America. I was at Le Cirque in New York City for a few years, and then I started a small bistro in Washington D.C. called Le DeSales. Now West Hollywood is my home. This is where I pitched my tent.”

Raphael Francois

“I thought, wouldn’t it be cool to have a concept in West Hollywood where we could eat charcuterie with good produce from all the local farmers markets?”

“My partner asked me, what do you call charcuterie in France? We say delicatesse — so Tesse comes from that word.”

Chef Raphael can often be seen riding his bike through West Hollywood.

“The dining scene in West Hollywood is booming. We are happy to be in the middle of that popping movement.”

Raphael Francois opened Fanny’s at the Academy Museum in 2021.

“Having traveled many places in the world, I found in West Hollywood the eclectic side, the diversity – the craziness as well, because West Hollywood is very particular. Its own ecosystem where people can be whatever they want, whenever they want. There is a kind of free spirit, and we all love it.”

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