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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Alain Ducasse – A celebration of 25 years of excellent cuisine continues in Monaco and around the globe

This year the acclaimed 3 Star Michelin Restaurant Louis XV – Alain Ducasse celebrates its 25th anniversary with a very exceptional birthday menu illustrating the essence of Ducasse’s cuisine: sincerity, respect, refined delicacy and sophistication.
Alain Ducasse at Le Parc in 1996. Credit: Pierre Boussel / Agence France-Presse
Mr Ducasse, now a citizen of Monaco said: “My encounter with Monaco was a magical and important moment in my life. It is here between France and Italy that I have concentrated my Rivieras. Today, I know that this region that serenades the sun has inspired all my cooking. Its strength and honesty are drawn from the earth.”

Even though Alain Ducasse and his Haute cuisine have conquered the whole world with restaurants in New York, St Petersburg, Hong Kong, Las Vegas, Paris and London, Monaco’s Louis XV located in the stunning Hôtel de Paris will always be the original where Alain Ducasse’s success and fame began with the opening of the Louis XV in May 1987. Success, however, does not come easily. When Louis XV opened its doors Ducasse had to face big challenges from Prince Rainer II and Monte – Carlo SBM (Société des Bains de Mer) who entrusted him to turn the Louis XV into the first hotel restaurant to be awarded three Michelin stars within a maximum of four years. Alain Ducasse, 33 years of age at that time, mastered this challenge better than anyone could have expected. Within 33 months of opening the restaurant it was awarded with three stars and became a legend in its own right.

Nowadays, it is one of the most renowned restaurants in the world. Beautifully situated on the Casino Square of Monte Carlo the restaurant benefits from a stunning setting and one of the most splendid venues the world has ever seen. Inspired by the Belle Époque, the sumptuous Versailles inspired dining room, frescoes rich in history and large mirrors as well as excellent service attract clients from all over the world every year to have an unforgettable dining experience. Another asset of the Louis XV is its manageability. The restaurant’s capacity of 50 guests allows the staff to dedicate their full attention to each client individually and offer first-class service.

With its perfect location on the French Riviera, nestled between land and sea, amongst the hills of Nice and Liguria, the abundant and generous nature of the area served as a source to Alain Ducasse’s infinite inspiration. His menus vary depending on the seasons and are always full of flavour, colour and aroma.
The anniversary pays tribute to an incredible chef symbol of Haute cuisine and sophistication. It enjoys worldwide celebration from Alain Ducasse’s chefs who, on this occasion, add an especially created Mediterranean inspired dish to their menu while others chose the Louis XV signature dessert: le Baba au rhum comme à Monte-Carlo. ||

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