Adrien Chaboisson was born in 1886 in Preuilly-sur-Claise. Before applying for a job on the Titanic, he worked as a young man in restaurants and hotels in Tours and London, notably the Capitol Hotel and the Savoy Hotel. In London he lived with a French family in Kennington. He and a friend he had worked with in both Tours and London who was also a chef boarded the Titanic on April 10, 1912. Adrien had been hired as a roast meat cook in the Titanic's prestigious restaurant "À la carte". Five days later he was one of the victims of the sinking of the Titanic after it hit an iceberg. He was 25 years old. His body was not recovered. He was survived by his parents and two older brothers.
He had been offered a place as a chef on a ship before, in 1906, when he was just 19 years old but turned it down. The restaurant on the Titanic had 67 staff and was managed by a well known Italian chef. The cooks were French, the waiters Italian, the customers cosmopolitan. And super rich. Some of them had spent the equivalent of a hundred thousand euros to get a luxury suite on the inaugural crossing of the Titanic.
Most of the restaurant staff on the Titanic were European, and there are
stories that they were ordered to stay in their quarters during the
emergency. Only three survived. In all there were 53 French people on board the Titanic, including a violinist, who with his colleagues in the orchestra kept playing a Strauss waltz right up until the waves swallowed the ship. Of those French people on board, 20 survived (6 men, 9 women and 5 children).