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Alain Ducasse at Plaza Athene. Neither chef nor hotel need introducing, both recalling a grandeur and elegance that played a part in the culinary and cultural journey of Paris. The first chef to hold three Michelin stars in three different cities, Ducasse continues to lengthen the goalposts of French cuisine. Not just a chef but a shrewd businessman, he has used his experience in the hospitality industry to open over 20 restaurants worldwide, including Le Meurice and Le Jules Verne in Paris, and Alain Ducasse at the Dorchester in London.
A man whose name is his living means he doesn’t choose just anyone to head the kitchen. Especially not at the 3-starred Alain Ducasse at Plaza Athene. Head Chef Romain Meder is trained in classic French cooking, working with the likes of Hélène Darroze. Alain Ducasse noticed his talent and brought him into Plaza Athénée, later sending him on a knowledge-expanding voyage to head up Spoon in Mauritius and help launch Idam in Doha. In early 2014, Meder returned to Paris to rejoin Alain Ducasse at Plaza Athénée where the pair gave the restaurant a dramatic revamp.