Joël Robuchon is considered a legend of modern French cuisine. As a chef, he has acquired more highly-sought after Michelin stars than his competition can even count. He moved on after closing a restaurant in the Big Apple and has recently announced his return with a planned new eatery.
This has caused a ripple in the industry waters with everyone from the elite to food critics whetting their appetites. Robuchon’s return has long been in the rumor mill, but now it is confirmed. Robuchon will open a new restaurant in midtown Manhattan.
The return hasn’t been uneventful. Apparently, the chef encountered a few hiccups along the way. What is known is that the new eatery will not be a part of his successful L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon chain. Robuchon has taken a lease for two floors in a residential building being built by developer Aby Rosen at 100 East 53rd. Current plans are for Robuchon to divide the space. The second floor would be a 15,000 square foot dining experience along the lines of his restaurants in Macao, Las Vegas, Toyko and Singapore. The lower level could be a French market and pastry shop curated by the chef.
Robuchon was named “Chef of the Century” in 1989 by Gault Millau. He is also a Meilleur Ouvrier de France in Cuisine recipient and has been awarded the James Beard Award for Best New Restaurant. In 2012, the chef’s New York L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon restaurant closed after six years.