|photo by Ritz Paris via Facebook|
We’ve been witnessing a game of musical chairs in the haute cuisine kitchens of France’s finest restaurants, with a number of chefs leaving their establishments and switching posts. There’s been much speculation about The Ritz Paris —one of the world’s most exciting hotel openings this year — as chef Michel Roth announced last summer that he wouldn’t be returning to L’Espadon restaurant after the hotel finished its top-to-bottom restoration project.
Just this week, the official announcement was made; chef Nicolas Sale, who has four Michelin stars for the Kilimandjaro and K2 restaurants in Courchevel, will now take the reins. Hailing from Paris, chef Sale honed his skills with top chefs like Senderens and Gagnaire. He then earned his first Michelin star in 2006 while chef de cuisine at Monte Cristo at l’Hotel du Castellet and then a second at Les Pecheurs in Cap d’Antibes. Now in its 117th year, the palace hotel on Place Vendome is prepping to open in fall of 2015.