While Joel Robuchon was not one of star chefs to open a fine dining restaurant at the new Aria at City Center, with two fine dining spots already at the MGM Grand in Vegas he's also no stranger to the resort-casino deal. Now news comes down the pipeline that the star chef will be opening three new restaurants in a resort-casino complex similar to the Aria in Singapore. The Genting Singapore's Resorts World Sentosa, a complex that will feature hotels, casinos, and a Universal Studios theme park, will be the home to new branches of Joel Robuchon Fine Dining, L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon and The Pastry Shop & Lounge. (Note: this is different from Singapore's other upcoming mega-resort, Marina Bay Sands, which already nabbed Boulud, Batali, Wolfgang and others). Says Robuchon of the deal:
"I am confident that the cuisine, style and concept of the Joel Robuchon restaurants will maintain their true authenticity and will not be compromised in Resorts World."
Robuchon is already a highly regarded chef in Asia, as his Hong Kong branch of L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon was named the region's top restaurant in the 2009/2010 Miele Gourmet Food Guide to Asia. Robuchon currently holds more Michelin stars of any chef in the world, with restaurants already in New York, Vegas, Tokyo, Macao, Hong Kong, London, Monaco and Paris. The Singapore spots will bring his total tally to 23 restaurants worldwide. Opening date for the resort complex is May 2010.
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