Flo Fab reports that Michelin 3-star chef, Joël Robuchon will attach his name, and in theory his expertise, to L'Atelier du Joël Robuchon at the Four Seasons, which is slated to open in spring 2006 and will be modeled on his small plate restaurant of the same name in Paris (pictured here). Fifty Seven Fifty Seven will close at the end of the year to make way for the new venue.
Robuchon will technically be a consultant on the restaurant and is busy with projects in Vegas and London as well. The chef did say, quite likely referring to his rival Ducasse, "This restaurant is very important to me. Other chefs have come to New York and have had problems. I do not want that to happen to me. Besides, I love New York. I love the shopping."
Various reports indicate that along with Robuchon and Ducasse there will be a third Michelin 3-starer, Gordon Ramsay, in NY by the middle of next year. No definite word yet on Ramsay's venue plans, nor on if he particularly likes the shopping.
· NY in the Springtime is on French Chef's Plate [NY Times]