Alain Ducasse

Alain Ducasse

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Portrait of Alain Ducasse at his restaurant Spoon at the Intercontinental Hotel in TST. 22NOV13 [29NOV2013 LIFE FOOD LEAD]
TO GO WITH AFP STORY BY MARIE GIFFARD - Alain Ducasse, the godfather of French gastronomy, poses in his restaurant at the Plaza Athenee hotel in Paris on September 2, 2014 in Paris. Ducasse has gone against the grain of French culinary tradition by banishing meat from the menu of his restaurant at the famed Paris hotel Plaza Athenee. AFP PHOTO / FRED DUFOUR        (Photo credit should read FRED DUFOUR/AFP/Getty Images)
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French chef Alain Ducasse poses in the kitchen of the Le Meurice Restaurant in Paris September 4, 2013. In "the prettiest dining room in Paris," hidden behind gilded glass doors at the opulent Le Meurice hotel, Michelin-starred French chef Alain Ducasse is not interested in spectacle. As Ducasse and his head chef, Christophe Saintagne, launch a new menu that eschews over-worked, over-decorated and overly pretentious food, understatement is even the order of the day in the centrepieces - an heirloom tomato set atop a copper mold. In an interview days before the Le Meurice Restaurant's reopening on Monday, the entrepreneur whose empire includes over 20 international restaurants said he wants the cooking, stripped bare of excess and reduced to its essence, to do the wowing in the light, bright dining room that overlooks the famous Tuileries gardens. Picture taken September 4, 2013.  REUTERS/Charles Platiau   (FRANCE - Tags: FOOD SOCIETY) - RTX13E5P

The only chef whose restaurants are enveloped by a constellation of Michelin stars (19 if you’re looking for a number), Alain Ducasse is truly a master of gastronomy. When he isn’t managing over 24 restaurants in eight countries, he’s penning cookery books and passing on his culinary knowledge to aspiring chefs. Last year, Ducasse and his team of chefs even made a foray into space… creating gourmet meals for the International Space Station.

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