The series of events that lead John Cagle to become a chef are certainly unexpected. But, he discovered his passion for cooking in a romantic, fit for a Hollywood movie location, France. He grew up in a very small town in Central Illinois and continued his education at Eastern Illinois University, also located in Central Illinois, graduating with English and French degrees. After college, he accepted an assistantship to teach in France, where he lived for the next four years. The exposure to various foods in France was unlike anything he had experienced before. This inspired him to move back to the states and pursue a culinary degree at The Cooking and Hospitality Institute of Chicago.