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July 16, 2013 (Paris) - Le Meurice of Dorchester Collection, the first palace hotel in Paris, has invited globally acclaimed chef Alain Ducasse to take over the management of its kitchens. He will bring to this landmark his innovative vision, ethos and distinctive take on contemporary French haute cuisine. From September, Ducasse will start working in all of the hotel's kitchens, including three Michelin-starred Restaurant Le Meurice and the famed Restaurant le Dalí. Alain Ducasse has over 25 years of experience and has designed the menus of many prestigious establishments worldwide, from Monaco to New York, Tokyo and Doha. At Le Meurice, he will offer impeccably prepared cuisine that continues to reflect his own philosophy of seeking both simplicity and generosity.


His impact at Dorchester Collection, with three-star restaurants at Hôtel Plaza Athénée, in Paris and The Dorchester, in London, is a key factor in his arrival at Le Meurice. Ducasse's world-renowned expertise is backed by his excellence in sharing knowledge: as a trainer and mentor, Ducasse is now looking forward to taking up the challenge of a new three-star restaurant. Ducasse commented, "I am honored that Franka Holtmann, General Manager of Le Meurice, with the support of François Delahaye, Chief Operating Officer of Dorchester Collection, has asked me to come and join Le Meurice. French cuisine has a major place, a role and an impact in the world today. I am pleased to contribute to its success in the two finest locations in Paris: Hôtel Plaza Athénée and Le Meurice." 

"In light of the closure of Hôtel Plaza Athénée and its upcoming restorations, I have the marvelous opportunity to continue offering contemporary French cuisine at Le Meurice. My philosophy still remains the same: a cuisine that concentrates on the essential with taste at its forefront." 

Christopher Cowdray, Chief Executive Officer of Dorchester Collection, commented: "Dorchester Collection seeks to align itself with the very finest and most prestigious global partners. Given the long-standing success of Alain Ducasse at two of our hotels, selecting him to oversee the culinary operations of Le Meurice was a natural choice to ensure its gastronomic reputation not only in Paris but the world."

About Dorchester Collection

Dorchester Collection is a portfolio of the world's foremost luxury hotels in Europe and the USA, each of which reflects the distinctive culture of its destination. By applying its unrivalled experience and capability in owning and operating some of the greatest individual hotels, the company's mission is to develop an impeccable group of the finest landmark hotels through acquisition as well as management of wholly-owned and part-owned hotels, and to enter into management agreements.


The current portfolio includes the following hotels (in order of them joining the group): The Dorchester, London; The Beverly Hills Hotel, Beverly Hills; Le Meurice, Paris; Hôtel Plaza Athénée, Paris; Hotel Principe di Savoia, Milan; Hotel Bel-Air, Los Angeles; Coworth Park, Ascot, UK; 45 Park Lane, London; and Le Richemond, Geneva.

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