DESCRIBED AS “GOING BEYOND BORDERS on his endless quest for the quintessential in things,” Chef Yannick Alléno, twice awarded three Michelin stars, crafted the concept behind STAY. He’s bringing the philosophy around the globe, including the opening of STAY, Modern Restaurant, in April 2017 at SIGNIEL Seoul.
The STAY promise: Across the world, bring to life a culinary experience of French taste that follows the rules of a cultivated experience, while remaining accessible, in a setting that is undeniably Parisian, chic and relaxed.
Situated on the 81st floor of Lotte World Tower, STAY offers breathtaking panoramas of Seoul and a classic Haussmannian décor. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, the menu offers a wide range of dishes drawn from the tradition of great French cuisine. STAY Seoul’s Pastry Library offers its own range of delights for diners.
Alléno has been chef at Alléno Paris – Pavillon Ledoyen since 2014 and also directs the kitchens of Cheval Blanc in Courchevel and Royal Mansour in Marrakech. The French and Moroccan Gault&Millau guides named Alléno Chef of the Year. Alléno Paris is listed in the 50 Best Restaurants of the World ranking.
WHICH DESTINATIONS INSPIRED YOU, AND HOW HAS THAT INSPIRATION TRANSLATED INTO YOUR CULINARY CONCEPTS? I like all culinary cultures and scenes; we all have interesting things to bring to the table. Apart from French gastronomy, mine which I love, I must admit Asian food, more specifically Korean food, is the most appealing, so rich and various. Kimchi is fantastic; Korean fermentations are mesmerizing. Barbecue is great as well. It’s an inspiring cuisine; we actually served bibimbap in our Parisian restaurant. We called it “homage dish to Lee Ufan.” Feedback was excellent.
WHOM DO YOU CONSIDER TO BE YOUR CULINARY HERO? Paul Bocuse had a determinant influence on the standing of French gastronomy internationally. He was our ambassador and will be irreplaceable. He understood we needed to modernize traditional cuisine and showed the example of what is and should be French cuisine in the world. I became a cook because I admired him. And I am not the only one. He made so many young people do extraordinary things.
WHAT ONE PERSON MOST INFLUENCED YOUR COOKING STYLE? I started my training at the age of 15, learning from Manual Martinez, Jacky Fréon, Gabriel Biscay, Roland Durand, Martial Enguehard and Louis Grondard, all MOFs (Best Craftsmen in France). Consequently, classic French cuisine, excellence and rigor ruled the first 25 years of my career. Each had a style, but all had the same demanding nature toward taste with a huge knowledge and a fabulous will to pass down their expertise. They taught me perfection and almost everything I know today. No wonder I am so into sauces — they were all great masters of that, too! Still, the cuisine I do today is quite different from the one I learned; it is personal, more modern.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE FOOD CITY? I would say Tokyo. I’ve been around 30 times, even though I do not have restaurants there. I admire Japan because, like Korea, it’s a developed country that knows how to retain strong rituals and identity. Tokyo also has many specialties with restaurants only dedicated to those. There are so many street restaurants where we eat extremely well. But the best thing for me in Tokyo is sushi; I am a big fan. A true art I discovered with Mr. Mitzutani, who took me as an intern when I was young.
WHAT DO YOU THINK THE NEXT BIG TREND ON THE FOOD SCENE WILL BE? More than a trend, the food scene globally moves toward a new, more responsible approach with focus on the importance of respecting the product, the environment, consuming locally. It’s a philosophy we’ve put into practice in all our restaurants. On our jackets in Paris, a green button reminds us every day of the importance of preserving products and the environment.
STAY, MODERN RESTAURANT
SIGNIEL SEOUL LOTTE
World Tower 76F-101F
Songpa-gu, Seoul South Korea
tel 82 2 3213 1000
This summer, The Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles began highly-anticipated enhancements. The property celebrates its 10th birthday next year and the renovations are the largest changes the property has ever seen. They impact the hotel lobby, all 123 guestrooms and suites, corridors and Club Lounge.
Welcome to Rhodes, a medieval treasure beautifully preserved throughout the centuries. Rhodes is the capital of the Dodecanese, an island ideal not only for those who want to relax, but also for those looking for an action-packed holiday! With its bright green hills, rich green valleys and uninterrupted line of golden beaches, Rhodes is truly a blessed place. “The sun island” has more sunshiny days and milder temperatures throughout the year than any other location in Greece. It is, after all, one of the country’s easternmost places and among the first to welcome summer on its impressive beaches. Add in the excellent facilities for tourism, the island’s special blend of cosmopolitan and traditional, and numerous cultural and archaeological sites, the most important being the Medieval (Old) Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and you’ve got the perfect holiday destination. While on Rhodes, don’t miss a daytrip to nearby Sými. An island of sponge divers and seamen, Sými used to have 30,000 inhabitants before the Second World War and was the richest island in the Dodecanese, despite its small size. Today, Sými attracts many visitors thanks to its beautifully preserved Neo-Classical buildings and the famous Archangel Michael monastery at Panormitis.
United Airlines announces a number of new routes.
Seats on new JetBlue flights between New York City (JFK) and Georgetown (GEO), Guyana, are now available for purchase. The route takes off April 2, 2020, on the new Airbus A321neo aircraft. With a flight time of five hours from New York City, the route delivers intrepid travelers to what JetBlue calls “a playground for adventurists and modern-day explorers.” The route also serves the largest Guyanese American community in the United States, located in New York City.
Hawaiian Airlines will relaunch its service between the island of Maui (OGG) and Las Vegas (LAS) with flights set to begin in December.
British Airways launched a new in-flight entertainment channel in honor of its year-long centenary celebration. The new channel, christened Celebrate BA100, highlights the best of British in-flight entertainment.
An industry-first update to the award-winning Four Seasons app allows guests to plan travel more seamlessly. The app, completely overhauled, now includes a new trip planning itinerary feature that allows guests to easily customize their stay.