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The Michelin Guide honors Le Clarence with Two stars!

February 13, 2017 Accolades No Comments Email Email

What an honor! Today, in its 2017 edition, the Michelin Guide chose to recognise this innovative and original new venture. The journey began almost five years ago when Prince Robert of Luxembourg, Chairman of the family business, Domaine Clarence Dillon (Château Haut-Brion, Château La Mission Haut-Brion, Château Quintus), acquired a 19th-century mansion located a short distance from the famous Champs Elysées. The building – renamed Hôtel Dillon –, was to become the company’s Paris Headquarters and was entirely renovated and redecorated by Prince Robert of Luxembourg with the help of exceptional craftsmen. As the company’s Parisian embassy, the mansion also houses ‘La Cave du Château’, a unique Fine Wine shop offering a great selection of the sommeliers’ finest treasures. Inspired by Château Haut-Brion’s historical link to gastronomy, Prince Robert of Luxembourg decided to launch a unique new restaurant concept where he and his colleagues could share the philosophy and the elegant and warm atmosphere of one of Bordeaux’s finest chateaux. ‘Le Clarence’ was born!

An establishment which reflects the very best of what the French Terroirs have to offer by presenting extraordinary ingredients from the finest producers and, of course, sourcing the very rarest and distinguishes wines.

The chance encounter with Chef Christophe Pelé was a determining factor. The understanding between the epicurean Prince and one of Paris’ leading gastronomic talents was almost immediate. The Executive Chef and Managing Director, who had already been awarded two stars in his previous restaurant La Bigarrade in 2010, has continued to celebrate his original French gastronomic flair with true panache.

Christophe Pelé has brought the discreet charm of the classics back to life,” said Prince Robert of Luxembourg, thrilled with this great honor only one year after the inauguration of Le Clarence. The Dillon family is very happy and proud with this exceptional Michelin Guide distinction which means that our customers and the Michelin inspectors gained just as much pleasure dining as we enjoyed creating and bringing to life this novel establishment. Le Clarence is an illustration of everything that I love about France: the ‘art de vivre’, the passion for gastronomy, and of course, a deep respect for the ancient culture of wine. Le Clarence therefore is a perfect reflection of Domaine Clarence Dillon’s own philosophy: a respect for tradition while always celebrating innovation.

Chef Christophe Pelé regains his two stars. He pays tribute to his team and producers: “This distinction honors the enthusiasm, work and ambition of our entire team. I would like to share this great success with all of my coworkers, and highlight our ‘Chef de Cuisine’ Giuliano Sperandio, and, of course, my colleague Antoine Pétrus, Head Sommelier and Restaurant Manager. The Michelin Guide offers a particular focus for the excellent work undertaken by all of our service team. I also would like to thank all of the craftsmen, small producers and wine estates who have been both a support and an inspiration to us since the opening. The trust has been invaluable in supporting our quest for this amazing distinction. At Le Clarence, the pleasure of cooking goes hand in hand with the pleasure of hosting. I would like to believe that these two stars applaud a philosophy of caring, which both the kitchen and the waiting teams share equally.

Chef Christophe Pelé and the entire team at Le Clarence are pleased to share this distinction with its adventurous, connoisseur, and deliciously epicurean customers. Indeed, the best award for Le Clarence is to brighten up our guests’ day and to give them as much pleasure while they are in our company as we receive from serving them in these unique surroundings.

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