One of the world’s most decorated chefs will open two new restaurants and a bar at the upcoming Morpheus Hotel in the City of Dreams complex, casino operator Melco Resorts announced yesterday.
Alain Ducasse has opened three restaurants in Monaco, Paris and London, all three of which hold a three-Michelin- starred rating. More than 20 restaurants in seven countries carry his brand, from authentic bistros and casual brasseries to fine dining restaurants.
One of the restaurants, “Alain Ducasse at Morpheus”, will offer a fine dining experience with Ducasse’s signature expression of French contemporary haute cuisine. Designed by Jouin-Manku, the restaurant is a tribute to the great tradition of Chinese gardens.
The second, “Voyages by Alain Ducasse” is a new concept, tailor-made for City of Dreams. It will offer a unique take on Asian cuisines inspired by the chef’s travels over the past 30 years.
According to Melco, the design uses raw materials such as solid wood and stone, punctuated by splashes of vibrant colors.
“Projects of such a broad scope and high ambition are not that numerous in the world today. It is a great honor for me to be a part of it,” said Ducasse about the collaboration.
“I always create and never duplicate – each of my venues is different and reflects the mood of its location. I always start from the soul of the place and from clients’ expectations to create a cuisine that is specific and that resonates with the location and the people,” he further explained.
Born in 1956 on a farm in southwest France, Ducasse grew up surrounded by nature, and lived on his farm’s fresh produce. It was there that he learned to appreciate fine ingredients and was inspired to take up a career in the culinary arts.
Today, Ducasse is the driving force and inspiration for his many restaurants around the world. The renowned chef has a keen eye for detail and is involved in almost all aspects of his restaurants, from interior design and ambience to selecting tableware, organizing kitchens and even talent acquisition.
“Today, we are celebrating a new partnership,” said Lawrence Ho, the chairman and CEO of Melco Resorts.
“[It is] a real honor to be able to say that Morpheus […] will soon be anchored by not just one but two new restaurants by none other than one of the greatest living chefs of our time.”
Morpheus, which Melco describes as the City of Dreams’ new flagship hotel, is a giant and unconventional structure designed by world-
renowned architect Zaha Hadid, who passed away last year.
The hotel is scheduled to open in 2018. DB