Chef's profiles at Hôtel Plaza Athénée, Paris
In thirty years, Alain Ducasse, the famous chef, has developed his own unique expertise in lifestyle and gourmet cuisine. He is both a chef-designer, producing meals that are just right, and a businessman, working to establish a modern business model, pass on his knowledge and maintain an open mind when it comes to the world of cooking and hospitality.
Alain Ducasse is the head of more than twenty restaurants worldwide (including three with three Michelin stars that bear his name), three delightful inns and a chain of traditional, independent hotels. His view of his profession is based on two main ideas – his desire to share his passion for good food and his determination to pass on his knowledge. This can be seen in his books, his courses for professional chefs and enthusiastic amateurs and his consultancy work. He has an enquiring mind that steeps itself in the rich diversity and culture of the world as a whole.
Native of Franche-Comté, Romain did his training in France and then realized his traveling dreams by exploring the world, discovering new flavours. He worked for a year in the British West Indies where he became acquainted with Caribbean spicy cuisine. Upon his return, he spent two years with Hélène Darroze in Paris, then hones his talent at the service of the prestigious Maison Potel et Chabot. Then, Alain Ducasse takes notice…
Alain Ducasse notices him and calls him to his side at the Plaza Athénée, first as chef-de-partie and then as sous-chef before being named chef at La Cour Jardin. He then earns the position as Chef at Spoon des Iles in Mauritius, after which he is entrusted with the launch of Idam in Doha (Qatar), in the restaurant located in the Museum of Islamic Art. In early 2014, he returns to Paris to rejoin Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athénée where together, they plan reopening of the restaurant, becoming the new Executive Chef, under 36 years old.
While first aiming to become a pastry chef, Denis Courtiade discovers the service aspect of the profession at the Auberge des Templiers, a two-star hotel located in Sologne. After a parenthesis in the Versailles Cercle des officiers, he worked as headwaiter in several great restaurants. In 1989, he settles in the restaurant La Belle Otero, at the Carlton hotel in Cannes. In 1991, at age 25, he is awarded the “Trophée Jacquart de Meilleur chef de rang de France”. He is immediately contacted by Alain Ducasse.
A partnership immediatly takes shape between Alain Ducasse and Denis. Le Louis XV in Monaco, then London, followed of a position as first maître d’Hôtel in Paris, at the Alain Ducasse restaurant located avenue Raymond Poincaré. FInally, in August 2000,when Alain Ducasse moves to the Plaza Athénée, Denis Courtiade is named restaurant Manager. The story goes on…
After learning his craft in a number of 3-star restaurants, Philippe Marc began working in the kitchens of luxury hotels, travelling the length and breadth of South-Eastern France and working his magic in such outstanding hotels as the Vista Palace in Roquebrune, the Don César in Antibes and the Hôtel de Paris in Monte Carlo where he met Alain Ducasse.
After perfecting his skills in the bar of a leading luxury hotel in Paris and gaining experience in every sector relating to food and drinks in Scotland, at Gleneagles, one of the Leading Hotels of the World, Thierry Hernandez began work at the Plaza Athénée as a barman.