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Alain Ducasse

A flying, food-filled visit to London for the chef-restaurateur

Alain Ducasse

October 06 2011
Alain Ducasse

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This morning I flew to London to visit my team at Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester. I usually go once every month as it is important for me to stay close to all my teams. I always start by saluting the brigades and a catch-up coffee with my executive chef, Jocelyn Herland.

We had a tasting that morning, as always, to try new dishes and to revise some recipes. I gathered my team: the restaurant director, the head sommelier, the F&B and communications managers, and we all discussed the food and the wine pairing, the tableware. One of the dishes was the turbot matelote with potato gnocchi and country bacon. It is one of my favourite dishes. I love the meaty texture of the fish with the powerful red wine sauce. My head sommelier had chosen a wonderful pairing with a 2007 Gevrey-Chambertin.

We then had a press lunch for the release of my book, Nature, in the UK in its English version. It was a very nice crowd of friendly foodie journalists. Jocelyn had created a special menu comprised of recipes inspired from the book, crafted in the Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester style. The lunch was delicious and we discussed many of the new London restaurants. I have a few restaurants on my radar that I would like to visit soon, including Duck Soup and Nopi. Russell Norman is also shaking up the London restaurant scene with his new openings, and I’m really keen to try out the original Polpo – I hear it is fantastic!

Unfortunately this is just a flying visit, so I leave my brigade to prepare for dinner and head back to Paris for a dinner meeting. Good job I love food!

Au revoir for now, London.

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