At the age of 56, and with just under four decades in the biz, Alain Ducasse received the The World’s 50 Best Restaurants’ Lifetime Achievement Award today from Restaurant Magazine for “pushing the boundaries of excellence in cooking”.
Ducasse, who won his first three Michelin stars at the age of 33, was recognized by the group for his “reputation for innovative French cuisine, [as well as] his influence over a generation of chefs and restaurateurs,” according to Reuters.
Past winners include Joel Robuchon, Thomas Keller, Juan Mari Arzak, and Alice Waters. By adding Ducasse to that esteemed crowd, William Drew, Editor of Restaurant magazine, says they have acknowledged his achievements and “positive influence”.
Though it’s not like a chunk of crystal, this win just underscores the fact that Ducasse has 23 restaurants around the world and 33 Michelin stars (and as such is one of the most starred chefs in the world). It’s a very, very peer-affirming gesture (936 international peers, to be exact!).
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