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At the Plaza Athenée, Jean Imbert’s restaurant blends tradition and modernity

At the Plaza Athenée, Jean Imbert’s restaurant blends tradition and modernity

The gastronomic restaurant of the Plaza Athénée reopened its doors on Wednesday with Jean Imbert as chef. Overview of this magical place.

 

In May 2021, it was discovered that the Plaza Athénée Hotel was parting ways with Alain Ducasse after 21 years of cooking in its legendary restaurant. It is Jean Imbert, the chef known for his victory in the show “Top Chef” who is appointed to replace him.

 

Jean-Imbert © Plaza Athénée

 

Jean Imbert is a French chef, born in 1983 in the Val de Marne. He entered the Institut Paul Bocuse in 1999 after obtaining his baccalaureate, and did several internships in great restaurants. He graduated from the Institute in 2001 and quickly collaborated with great names in French gastronomy, such as Eric Briffard and Marc Meneau. In 2004, at the age of 22, he opened his own restaurant, “L’Acajou“.

 

He was revealed to the general public during the 2012 edition of “Top Chef” on M6, which he won. Today, it is the consecration with the beginning of his collaboration with the gastronomic restaurant of Plaza Athénée Palace.

 

© Plaza Athénée

 

The place is breathtaking and a testament to the grandeur of the palace. No less than 20,000 gold leaves adorn the walls and ceiling domes, gravitating around a large 12-meter royal table, fashioned from Breccia marble. The designer Rémi Tessier imagined the place, realized in the purest French tradition.

 

 

Chef Jean Imbert was inspired by recipes, some of which date back 250 years, that have made the great hours of gastronomy. On the menu? Vol-au-vent, Pithiviers de Saint-Jacques, or Orloff-style veal. When it comes to desserts, Angelo Musa, the titled pastry chef, distills his personality into each of his creations, accompanied by Elisabeth Hot, who has extensive experience with renowned chefs such as Pierre Hermé, Jean-Georges Klein and Marc Haeberlin.

 

Read also> ALAIN DUCASSE AND THE PLAZA ATHÉNÉE : THE END OF AN ERA

 

Featured photo: © Plaza Athénée

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