Top French Chef to Open New London Restaurant

By Claire Miller

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Top French Chef to Open New London Restaurant
Michelin starred French chef Jean-Christophe Ansanay-Alex is to open a new restaurant in South Kensington. The 50-cover establishment in South Kensington will offer fine dining with both English and French menus.

JEAN-Christophe Ansanay-Alex, the Michelin starred French chef from Auberge de l’Ile, is to open a new restaurant in London.

The 50-cover restaurant will be a fine-dining offering in South Kensington, potentially called Ambassade de L’Ile. It will occupy the site formerly belonging to Frances Atkins’s Shaw’s restaurant on Old Brompton Road.

The chef said: "I chose London because it’s the economic capital of Europe, I love this city, and it’s not far from Lyon," but said he plans to continue managing Auberge de l`Ile.

The a la carte menu will be in English and French, with a mainly business lunch trade, more couples and families in the evening and an average spend of around £115.

The renovation will be done to create a similar look to the French site.

Ansanay-Alex, who has also worked for Christina Onassis and consults on La Sivoliere in Courchevel, began working at Auberge when it was still owned by his father back in 1990; he bought it from him six years later and won his first Michelin star in 1993.

The provincial Auberge is on a small island, L’?le Barbe in Lyon, which was briefly declared autonomous by Jean-Christophe’s father Jean-Luis and three other men.

With an initial investment of 3 million Euros, the business is a joint venture between Ansanay-Alex and moneyman Jean-Michel Aulus, who owns software company CEGID and is president of French football club Olympique Lyonnais.

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