Alain Ducasse, the world’s most Michelin-starred chef, who recently lost his restaurant on the second floor of the Eiffel Tower, has decided to drown his sorrows by opening a floating restaurant on a boat docked in front of the Paris landmark.
Ducasse Sur Seine will open in Paris on September 10 and will serve lunch and dinner for 200 people. Each meal is expected to last an hour-and-a-half, while guests cruise up and down the Seine past the Eiffel Tower, the Notre Dame cathedral, and other Paris attractions.
“I see the Eiffel Tower and what’s more, I see all of Paris’s monuments,” Ducasse said in an interview with AFP. “The Eiffel Tower is a fixed building, so I had imagined that I was always going to have the pleasure of serving clients who came from around the world to savor Paris. This is another story. It’s another beautiful story that’s starting.”
The restaurant, which will be docked at the Quai Debilly, in front of the Trocadero Gardens and across the river from the Eiffel Tower, will also open for tea-time and an aperitif course. The menu will feature Ducasse’s iconic haute gastronomie.
According to Ducasse, the boat and restaurant will be both be environmentally-friendly, running exclusively on electric power. The concept has been designed “in harmony with an evolving society that wants healthier food, better for the body and better for the planet,” Ducasse said.
Ducasse’s Jules Verne at the Eiffel Tower, which famously served Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron when the American leader visited Paris last year, will stay open, but under new management.
Ducasse, who was born in Orthez in southwestern France and was educated on a farm in Castel-Sarrazin, began an apprenticeship at the Pavillon Landais restaurant in Soustons and at the Bordeaux hotel school.
After his studies, he worked at Michel Guérard's restaurant in Eugénie-les-Bains as well as Gaston Lenôtre during the summer months. He is known for being the first chef to own restaurants with three Michelin Stars in three cities, including The Dorchester in New York City, Mix in Las Vegas and Alain Ducasse in Paris.
Last month, Ducasse lost the tender to run the Jules Verne to fellow chefs Frederic Anton and Thierry Marx. He has fought his eviction with his lawyers arguing that the 61-year-old was now “the most starred chef in the world” after the death of culinary legend Joel Robuchon. A decision is pending.