Jilara (jilara) wrote,

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Meal of a lifetime

I now have reservations for Joel Robuchon at the Mansion, at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas. I regard this as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, as I have no idea if I will ever be able to get in again (it just opened about a month back), and whether Monsiuer Robuchon, ultimate sensei of French cuisine, will stay for long. (He was induced to come out of retirement for this venture.) But I snagged a very early (5:30 pm) reservation, what was left for Saturday the 19th, and I intend to DINE. Seating for this restaurant is VERY limited, to ensure the top experience of the food. I am also happy to have an early reservation, as that means the kitchen staff will be fresh.

For those not familiar, I had said he was regarded as one of the top 5 chefs in the world. Folks have said that he is now regarded as THE top chef in the world. Whichever it is, I am sure I will enjoy this meal immensely.

Here's a bit I snagged from the Salon article on his retirement:
"Renowned for his obsession for detail, Robuchon's intense technical precision has been likened to a fine-tuned Swiss watch. Throughout his reign, he limited the number of diners in his rarefied emporium of haute cuisine to a mere 40, making his table, with an average three-month waiting list, one of the most difficult to book in the world.

A purist who uses only the highest-quality ingredients, Robuchon accepts his culinary accolades with humility and grace. His approach is deceptively simple: respect the original flavor. "Chicken should taste like chicken," he says, speaking as if in some cryptic code."

Respect for the ingredient, as they say on Iron Chef. Gotta love the guy.

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