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If you've ever wanted to taste the exquisite cuisine of legendary French chef Paul Bocuse without leaving the country, just head to the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York. The institute has just unveiled its Paul Bocuse Restaurant, a modern French brasserie that doubles as a classroom.
The sleek brasserie has a contemporary feel courtesy of an open kitchen and a special wine room in the center. It will be completely staffed by students but will serve some of Bocuse's famed dishes like Black Truffle Soup V.G.E. Èlysée and Lyonnaise Style Frisée Salad.
The brasserie stands where the school's Escoffier Restaurant once was. The former restaurant was named after the Auguste Escoffier, the godfather of modern French cuisine, but the school gave it a $3 million makeover spearheaded by architect Adam Tihany who also designed Per Se, Jean Georges and Daniel.
Bocuse has three Michelin stars and was honored as the Chef of the Century by the CIA in 2011. The 87-year old chef made a name for himself by propelling novelle cuisine and conceiving the Bocuse d'Or, the world's culinary olympics.
The chef, who was recently hospitalized, made it to New York for the restaurant's unveiling. He was accompanied by his son Jerome and fellow famed chefs Thomas Keller, Daniel Boulud and Jean-Georges Vongerichten. Watch the video to see the complete renovation and get a first look at the exquisite Paul Bocuse Restaurant.