Alain Ducasse and the Plaza Athénée have announced in a joint press release, on Monday 17 May, that they will be ending their partnership. The departure of the chef, who worked as a consultant for the Plaza for 21 years, will be effective as of 30 June. The Dorchester Collection Group and Alain Ducasse will nevertheless continue their collaboration at the restaurant Le Meurice Alain Ducasse in Paris as well as at the Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester in London.
"The three stars obtained around 'naturalité (naturalness) at Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athénée, and its cuisine respectful of the resources of our planet will have marked the history of high gastronomy and that of this great Parisian Palace," said François Delahaye, COO at Dorchester Collection. "We are happy to continue our strong cooperation with Dorchester Collection. In Paris, with young chef Amaury Bouhours, and in London, with Jean-Philippe Blondet, and with their respective teams, we have great ambitions."
21 years at Plaza Athénée
Ducasse began his partnership with the Plaza Athénée in 2000. Five months after his arrival, the chef obtained three stars and entrusted the management of the kitchens firstly to Jean-François Trap, before placing his trust in Christophe Moret, Christophe Saintagne and finally Romain Meder, with whom the chef implemented the concept of 'Naturalite' or 'Naturalness'.
For the moment, no official statement has been made concerning the future of Romain Meder and pastry chef Jessica Préalpato. According to the Atabula website, Meder could develop Sapid, a street food offer by Alain Ducasse in the 10th arrondissement of Paris, while Jean Imbert could make his debut at the Plaza Athénée.