Chef Daniel Boulud unveils Toronto eateries

Thu Oct 27, 2011 2:36pm EDT
 
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By Claire Sibonney

TORONTO (Reuters) - After months of hype and speculation, French-American celebrity chef Daniel Boulud confirmed he will open a restaurant and bar in the new Toronto Four Seasons hotel which will open next year.

Boulud, the 56-year-old award-winning force behind a growing empire of more than a dozen restaurants in North America, Europe and Asia, unveiled plans for Cafe Boulud and d Bar in Toronto on Thursday.

The New-York based chef and owner of the Dinex Group, which employs a staff of 1,200 worldwide, is most renowned for his first restaurant, the three-Michelin-star Daniel, that opened 20 years ago.

While Boulud's recent projects are more casual, they are still synonymous with his contemporary, seasonal take on formal French culinary traditions.

"We want to be competitive and affordable and approachable but we will not compromise on quality of ingredients and we will not compromise on preparation," Boulud told Reuters.

"We are ambitious, we're not pretentious," he added.

Boulud opened his sixth and seventh New York restaurants in the spring and published his latest cookbook: "Daniel Boulud Cocktails & Amuse-Bouches For Her & For Him," earlier this fall.

The restaurant launch will coincide with the opening of the new Toronto Four Seasons in the heart of the city's affluent Yorkville neighborhood.   Continued...

 
<p>French restaurateur Daniel Boulud works in the kitchen of his restaurant in Beijing, August 15, 2008. REUTERS/Gil Cohen Magen</p>