So when it's time for these culinary stars go out to dine in their city, where do they go? Very good question indeed. If I were going to put a list together of restaurants/cafés I might want to dine at on a visit to Paris, picking their brains to find out where, other than their establishments of course, seems like a great starting point. I have found just that information to pass along to you.
Alain Ducasse: Over seeing operations at Plaza Athenée Restaurant, Louis XV in Monaco, Jules Verne in the Eiffel Tower and recently adding Alain Ducasse at the Dorchester in London, this gentleman knows a good meal when he prepares it. Let's dine with him at:
- L'Assiette--for a weeknight dinner with good friends
- Café Constant--for a Sunday lunch, Christian Constant will serve up a great meal at any one of his restaurants.
- Hôtel de Crillon--enjoy their elegant Sunday brunch for special moments. Wait, shouldn't being in Paris be enough of a reason? Absolutely.
Hélène Darroze: Born in the southwest of France, Ms Darroze has cooking in her blood with great grand-parents opening a family inn and restaurant that was all she knew growing up. She apprenticed with Monsieur Ducasse at Louis XV in Monaco and with his encouragement started down the path to her cooking destiny. Few women have been as successful in this highly competitive art and I for one take my hat off to all that she has accomplished. Where does she go to unwind?
- L'Absinthe--for a meal with friends.
- Mori Venice Bar--one of her favorite Italian spots. The setting is too beautiful for words.
- Coffee Parisien, 4, rue Princesse, VIe. If French food just becomes all too much for you, a burger and fries awaits.
Yannick Alléno: Monsier Alléno made my list for two reasons; he is the chef at Le Meurice and he looks adorable. Oh, and he has three Michelin stars credited to his name so I'm thinking he knows what he talks about. If you are in Paris, I'd suggest starting with a meal prepared at his illustrious restaurant and go from there. Ooh la la--what a way to begin! But let's see where he likes to dine when he isn't busy cooking in one of the world's most fabulous kitchens.
- Café Moderne--good eats for not as much euros as some.
- L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon--sitting at a bar will never be the same again!
- Guilo-Guilo--the French love Japanese food, as do all the Japanese tourists. This 2008 arrival on the food scene is another bar with the chef working his wonders right before your very eyes! Think Benihana of Paris.
Additional Information: Les cantines des grands cuisiniers
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