Joël Robuchon’s L’Atelier closes, new concept to open later this year

Joël Robuchon’s L’Atelier, in Covent Garden, closed on April 14 after a “successful decade”.

A closing statement from the team said: “Fulfilling Joël Robuchon’s wish, Michelin starred Executive Chef Jeremy Page and his team will be moving to Mayfair to open a new, evolved Joël Robuchon concept later this year. Further details of this new project will be announced soon.”

Little is known of the new venture, only that it will probably be called Comptoir Joël Robuchon and be a more relaxed dining room.

Chef Robuchon, who died in August last year, was arguably the most celebrated chef of his generation, with 32 Michelin stars across 13 countries to his name when he died in August 2018.

He was named “Chef of the Century” by the guide Gault Millau in 1989 and awarded the Meilleur Ouvrier de France (France’s best worker) in cuisine in 1976.

It is hard to predict how Comptoir Joël Robuchon – or, indeed, his brand overall – will now play out. His name will live on: will his gastronomy?

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