Award-winning pastry chef Dominique Ansel will open his first full-service restaurant in the fall. It will be located in The Grove Shopping Center. Ansel, has shaken up the pastry world with innovation and creativity at the heart of his work. Named one of Business Insider’s “Most Innovative People Under 40” and Crain’s “40 under 40,” Chef Dominique has strived through his career to bring a refreshing approach to the world of desserts.
When it opens in the fall, his yet-to-be-named eating house will seat 150 in an upstairs space that includes an outdoor terrace and a 10-seat private dining room. Downstairs in a bakery setting will be indoor and outdoor seating for another 70 diners. Backing Ansel will be about 80 employees.
In 2015, he was bestowed the prestigious l’Ordre du Mérite Agricole award for his accomplishments. Vanity Fair named him one of the “50 Most Influential French” and Daily Mail UK claimed him “the most fêted pastry chef in the world.”
Perhaps what has been most widely been reported on is Dominique’s creation of the Cronut®, his signature croissant-doughnut hybrid. After its launch on May 10, 2013, Cronut® pastry fans spanned the world from Berlin to Singapore, making it the most virally talked about dessert item in history. In its first year, TIME magazine named the Cronut® one of the “25 Best Inventions of 2013.
The newest restaurant expansion comes with some risk to Ansel’s reputation. His bakeries in New York, Tokyo and London have brought him acclaim as a pastry chef, but lunch and dinner are a new frontier. It’s a good thing early in his career he trained as a savory chef and since then “I have learned how to cook,” he said.
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