Big news out of Paris. Le Point reports that Alain Ducasse will take over the culinary direction of Le Meurice, the palace hotel on Rue de Rivoli, in September. As we reported earlier this year, Michelin three-starred chef Yannick Alleno departed to work on other projects (eg. his resto at Cheval Blanc in Courchevel) and the rumor mills started turning about his successor.
Ducasse is a logical choice because he helms the kitchen at the Plaza Athénée, the Meurice's sister hotel which will be closing in October for a big renovation. That restaurant also holds three Michelin stars.
The chef, pictured here at the small producers' market he organized at the Plaza Athénée, recently orchestrated a magnificent feast to celebrate Monte-Carlo SBM's 150th anniversary.