Alain Ducasse and the Plaza Athénée : the end of an era


After more than 20 years of service, Alain Ducasse, the world’s most starred French chef, is leaving the Plaza Athénée. His partnership with the Dorchester Group will end on June 30.


The great chef Alain Ducasse will leave the kitchens of the Plaza Athénée on June 30, after having led the restaurant for two decades. The rumor was made official on May 17, and according to Le Figaro, Jean Imbert, winner of the Top Chef show, would be designated to take his succession.


The three stars of the Alain Ducasse restaurant at the Plaza Athénée obtained around Naturalness and its cuisine that respects the resources of our planet will have marked the history of high gastronomy and that of this great palace,” the Dorchester Collection and Alain Ducasse said in a statement.


In a context marked by health restrictions, Alain Ducasse will leave his position on the same day that restaurants are allowed to serve without being subject to the 50% capacity limit. It was in 2000 that the 21-Michelin-starred chef transferred his restaurant, named Alain Ducasse, from Avenue Raymond-Poincaré to the Plaza Athénée on Avenue Montaigne.


The chef, whose empire was estimated at 100 million euros before the pandemic, leaves behind a substantial legacy. Building on a partnership model with the world’s leading luxury hotels, such as the Hotel de Paris in Monaco, Dorchester in London and Le Meurice in Paris, Chef Ducasse has built a solid reputation for offering menus of excellence.


His name brings prestige to the kitchens of palaces, while he benefits from a luxurious setting and a wealthy clientele. For 21 years, Alain Ducasse has developed a modern cuisine concept based on the naturalness model, offering meatless menus and limiting the consumption of butter.


However, this separation does not mark the end of the collaboration between Alain Ducasse and the Dorchester Group, operator of nine palaces. Indeed, the chef will continue to work at the Dorchester in London and the Meurice in Paris.


According to the latest revelations in Le Figaro, “The Plaza, for the time being, does not wish to comment on the Imbert hypothesis, nor does the person concerned, who is avoiding all solicitations. The newspaper states that “however, the two protagonists are indeed in talks“. The announcement should be made “around June 7, just before the theoretical date of reopening of the restaurants, set for the 9th“.




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