Chef of the Century — Part One

L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon

L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon

Wandering the Paris quartier of St. Germain, we find ourselves on a street we’ve frequented many times, Rue de Montelambert, and walking past one of our favorite restaurants in Paris: L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon. Deigned the Chef of the Century, M. Robuchon is without exaggeration a gastronomic divinity, Zeus of the culinary Mount Olympus.

L’Atelier is a lacquered jewel box. Its trays are counters as there are no tables, giving everyone a view of the glossy-tiled open kitchen. It doesn’t take reservations other than for one hour at the beginning of each service. Then, you’re on your own to wait for what could be hours. And, people do. I don’t blame them.



We pause to pay homage, relish the memories of past repasts and the fabulous food we’ve had there. (Funnily enough, L’Atelier is next the Hotel Port Royal, as I was to read the next day, natch, where Paul and Julia Child stayed when they first arrived in France.). We remind Luc that he’s been there before, but wouldn’t really expect him to remember as he was asleep in his push chair (British for stroller as we were living in London at the time). Luc looks at us and his eyes tell us he wants in – so we book a reservation for early lunch the next day.

5 Rue de Montalembert (corner of Rue du Bac)
Paris 7th arrondissement
Telephone: + (33)


2 responses to “Chef of the Century — Part One

  1. Now you have me on the edge of my seat wondering about the aforementioned lunch!!!!

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