Paris Food News: Philippe Labbé as the Chef at the Ritz Hotel?

Menton, Provence, France
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chef Philippe Labbé

A month ago, chef Philippe Labbé left the Shangri-La Hotel, where he had overseen the food and beverage operations since March 2011. Over the course of his tenure, Labbé scored two Michelin stars for L’Abeille, the hotel’s acclaimed gastronomic restaurant. Under his leadership, the Shang Palace, the hotel’s famous Cantonese restaurant, was also awarded a Michelin star. Prior to his Parisian adventure, Labbé had won acclaim at the Chèvre d'Or in Èze-Village on the Mediterranean coast.

Now the rumors are swirling in Paris: what’s next for the illustrious chef? Will Labbé take the helm at the Ritz Paris next year upon its reopening? The long-time chef Michel Roth, who presided over the Ritz’s Michelin two-starred restaurant, L’Espadon, for 30 years, announced his departure this past summer.

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When the palace hotel on the place Vendôme closed two years ago for a much-needed overhaul, Roth and his team transferred to the Hotel President Wilson in Geneva. As a world culinary capital, Paris is privy to some of the world’s gastronomic restaurants, many housed at the palace hotels. So it’s understandable that the city’s gourmandes are waiting with bated breath to see Labbé’s next move…

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