Gastronomy


Joël Robuchon Lives on at Metropole Monte-Carlo Hotel

Nicole Muj


Next time you visit Monaco, remember this hotel, where the late French chef left some of the most delicious plates in the world.


The world of gastronomy recently lost one of its greatest sons with the sad passing of the French born, legendary chef Joël Robuchon. The most coveted, Michelin-starred chef was the mastermind and creative visionary behind some of the top dining establishments around the globe and was named by the International Herald Tribune as developing the “Best Restaurant in the World.”

Joël Robuchon.

Joël Robuchon served as the creative visionary behind the dining establishments of one of the world’s most luxurious hotels, the Hotel Metropole Monte-Carlo. Since 2004, Monsieur Robuchon and the hotel’s head chef Christophe Cussac have produced original and innovative menu concepts for its three restaurants.

With two Michelin stars, the first one is Restaurant Joël Robuchon Monte-Carlo, which specializes in refined dishes with Mediterranean flavors. The open, Teppanyaki-style kitchen creates a warm, inviting atmosphere and makes for a unique dining experience.

Restaurant Joël Robuchon / Photo: B. Touillon.

The second one is Yoshi, which means ‘goodness’ in Japanese It offers traditional cuisine that combines French and Nippon elements, served in a bright, modern setting created by Didier Gomez. Chef Takeo Yamazaki was invited from Chateau Robuchon to develop and oversee the outstanding menu for the Michelin star restaurant. In September, the lobby of the hotel, exquisitely decorated, will celebrate the restaurant’s 10th anniversary by featuring the colors of Japan and hosting special festivities in honor of the Eastern culture.

Hotel Metropole Monte-Carlo.

Joël Robuchon’s third restaurant at Metropole Monte-Carlo, Odyssey, unveils a haute couture, poolside setting, designed by fashion icon Karl Lagerfeld. Odyssey offers a regionally inspired menu featuring fresh seasonal produce and light cuisine.

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In summer 2018, throughout August from Tuesday to Saturday, multiple award-winning Michelin star, Spanish chef Carme Ruscalleda will setup up her kitchen at Odyssey. Chefs Robuchon and Cussac invited her to create a pop-up restaurant, offering a signature culinary experience featuring her modern and creative Catalan cuisine.

Christophe Cussac, Carme Ruscalleda, Jérôme Quilbeuf and Joël Robuchon.

Guests to the Hotel Metropole Monte-Carlo can pay homage to the rich culinary legacy created by Joël Robichon in its restaurants. Built in 1889, the stunning hotel was revamped in the early 2000s by the renowned French designer Jacques Garcia, who transformed it into a palace with a Mediterranean charm in keeping with its era, combining unprecedented glamour, luxury and sophistication. Pop artist and Turkish royal family member Yaz Bukey creates the lobby’s beautiful floral installations, melding dream and reality inside the hotel.

The iconic hotel is spotlighted not only for its grandeur and beauty, melding European tradition with modern design, but also for its outstanding culinary innovation, led by Joël Robuchon, whose spirit and influence will surely remain forever. ■


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