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News bulletin courtesy of Alain Ducasse

March 6, 2009 | 12:00 pm


Michelin starred (and starred) chef Alain Ducasse has been invited to join Musee Grevin in Paris, which is quite the honor. Sculptor Eric de Saint Chaffray is currently sculpting a wax figure of the distinguished French chef, who owns Louis XIV in Monaco, the restaurant in the Plaza Athenee in Paris, and Benoit in Paris and New York, plus numerous other restaurants and hotel-restaurants around the world.

Question: Will Ducasse’s wax double appear with stubble or without stubble? I suspect the sculptor is pondering that question now.

In other news, Monsieur Ducasse plans to open a cooking school on Rue du Ranelagh in Paris’ fashionable 16th arrondissement this May. (He currently has one on the outskirts of Paris, in Argenteuil, but for travelers, the new locale won’t involve having to take a shuttle.) The school will offer half- and full day classes in bistro cooking, world cuisine and more, plus afternoon classes for children. More details here.

-- S. Irene Virbila

Photo: Alain Ducasse at Le Parc in 1996. Credit: Pierre Boussel / Agence France-Presse