3 Michelin Star Chefs: Alain Ducasse, Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester

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Alain Ducasse is chef patron of the eponymous three Michelin-starred restaurant, Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester.

French-born, Monaco-raised chef Alain Ducasse is arguably the most renowned and successful restaurateur in the world.

Through his own successes in the kitchen, and having trained numerous chefs who went on to earn Michelin stars of their own, Alain Ducasse is the chef and restaurateur with the most accolades in the world, with 20 Michelin stars under his belt.

Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester, Mayfair, London


Executive Chef: Jean-Philippe Blondet

Restaurant Director: Enrico Baronetto
Head Sommelier:  Pierre-Marie Faure

Address: 53 Park Ln, Mayfair, London W1K 1QA

Phone number: 020 7629 8866

Website: www.alainducasse-dorchester.com

Opening hours (Excl. Coronavirus restrictions)
Tuesday to Friday 12–1:30pm, 6:30–9:30pm
Saturday 6:30–9:30pm
Sunday Closed
Monday Closed

Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester

Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester opened in 2007, and is one of 30 restaurants overseen by the chef and restaurateur around the world.

The restaurant was awarded three stars in the 2010 guide,  has 4 rosettes from the AA Restaurant Guide and scored a 7 out of 10 in the 2020 edition of the Good Food Guide, which it says means the restaurant shows "high level of ambition.. "attention to the smallest detail and "accurate and vibrant dishes."

Exec chef Jean-Philippe Blondet takes a modern and refined approach, with produce sourced mainly from British and French suppliers, with no qualms about sourcing the best ingredients from around the world. 

How Alain Ducasse got into the hospitality industry

Alain began his culinary career as an apprentice at the Pavilion Landais Restaurant in Soustons, followed by a course at the the Bordeaux Hotel School, both in the South West of France, gaining experience from a young age.

After his apprenticeships, he worked at three Michelin-starred Michel Guérard’s restaurant in Eugénie-les Bains, Les Prés d'Eugénie and for famous pastry chef Gaston Lenôtre at his 'Plaisir' restaurant in the Yvelines region. 

In 1977,  Alain started working as an assistant at Moulin de Mougins under legendary chef Roger Vergé, creator of Cuisine du Soleil and still considered one of the world's greatest chefs. It was here that he learned the Provencal cooking methods which earned him fame and accolades later on.

The chef's career took a decisive turn when he joined the brigade at L’amandier De Mougins in 1980, where he climbed through the ranks to the position of head chef.

He joined the Bistrot La Terrasse in the luxurious Hôtel Juana in Antibes, in 1981 as head chef. In 1984, he and his team were awarded two Michelin stars.

The event of 1984 was to prove a trialling setback to Alain Ducasse, as it was travelling from Saint-Tropez to Courchevel that he was involved in a major aircraft crash and was left the sole survivor. The chef was left seriously injured but undeterred in his determination to live his life doing what he loved.

In 1986, Alain Ducasse was offered a position at the
Hôtel de Paris Monte-Carlo in Monaco.

In 1988, the chef opened La Bastide de Moustiers in Le Verdon, slightly inland between Nice and Marseille, and gained financial interests in several other regional Provence hotels.

In 1996, the Alain Ducasse restaurant opened in Le Parc-Sofitel Demeure Hotels in the 16th arrondissement of Paris, which was awarded three Michelin stars eight months later.

The restaurateur expanded his business to the United States in June 2000, opening another eponymous restaurant in New York’s Essex House Hotel, which gained three Michelin stars in 2005. The chef later closed this and relocated the venture to Las Vegas, calling it Mix. Mix earned a Michelin star but the guide has since discontinued its repertorial of the Nevada city.

Alain Ducasse’s other awards and accolades

Alain became the first chef to own three three Michelin Stars in three cities, and at one point the chef had 21 Michelin stars to his name. The World's 50 Best Restaurants List named Alain the Lifetime Achievement award in 2013.

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3 Michelin Star Chefs: Alain Ducasse, Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester