Since August 2016 Simone Zanoni, born in Brescia in 1976, is at the helm of the Italian-Mediterranean restaurant Le George, inside the Four Seasons George V in Paris
Many believe the Four Seasons George V in Paris means quintessential hotellerie, brilliant and elegant, and not only in Paris. Indeed it’s hard to find examples that can measure up with this mythical hotel-school. Even these days, it commands reverence and respect from many five star hotels in the Ville Lumière, even those that work and host at the highest levels. After all, this had to be the case. Even when putting aside the endless important people who visited these rooms. Even when omitting the yet significant details a guest can notice already in the hall at the entrance, from the rich floral compositions to the discreet and elegant staff at work to satisfy guests’ needs from the moment they arrive at the reception.
It seems almost superfluous to remember that the restaurants here have always been a strong point. Just think that as soon as you go beyond the entrance, and look at the lovely small inner garden, you can immediately notice as many as five Michelin stars. David Bizet’s Orangerie is to the right (his name recalls that of Davide Bisetto of Cipriani in Venice). He’s from Normandy and trained with Philippe Legendre, another three-star chef from George V, a few years back.
Eight months after opening, in February 2017, Orangerie received its first star in the French Red Guide. Then, beyond the garden, you can notice the windows of Le Cinq, the 3-star restaurant firmly led by Christian Le Squer since October 2014. The Breton chef for a dozen seasons was the protagonist at Pavillon Ledoyen. He now makes use of his creativity, a natural taste for aesthetics and a passion for high quality ingredients in his dishes at the hotel in Avenue George V.
Zanoni’s restaurant (photo by Goire Gardette)
Beef tagliata by Zanoni (photo by Jean-Claude Amiel)
Tagliolini with black truffle from Norcia and cream of Parmigiano (photo by Jean-Claude Amiel)
Translated into English by Slawka G. Scarso
Avenue George V, 31
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