Bangkok’s dining scene only keeps getting more impressive this 2020.
With the star revelation and award ceremony of The Michelin Guide Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Phuket & Phang-Nga 2021 this past week, the star-studded guide has made the year-end blazing hot with 22 one-starred and six two-starred restaurants on the list. Yet for fine-dining fanatics, it’s hard to miss one of the only three newly-added culinary establishments in the One Michelin Star category: Blue by Alain Ducasse.
[All images courtesy of Michelin Guide and Blue by Alain Ducasse]
As his first flagship restaurant in Thailand, Blue by Alain Ducasse has only been open for a year (with a four-month closing due to the lockdown, too), yet has surprised us foodies with its skyrocket shoot onto the prestigious Michelin list. The success is as much on the name of Alain Ducasse, as it is on Blue’s Executive Chef Wilfrid Hocquet himself.
With over 20 years of experience working at distinguished restaurants, Chef Wilfrid has grown his culinary skills and insight under the training of world-renowned culinary heavyweights, such as Jacques and Laurent Pourcel, Daniel Boulud, and Alain Ducasse himself. He was trained at top restaurants (all of which have been awarded three Michelin stars), like Le Louis XV, Le Jardin des Sens, and Daniel, to name a few.
After his various tenures in different continents (and four under Alain Ducasse), Chef Wilfrid now weaves together Ducasse’s culinary uniqueness and philosophy at Blue. He aims to highlight modern French cuisine at its best.
“I spent 7 years out of Alain Ducasse’s kitchens. I learned a lot with Alain and at the same time, these seven years away also allowed me to find my own style. With my roots and personal experiences in the kitchen, now I’ve come back to work for Alain Ducasse with fresh, new ideas to offer. Blue is a mix of our style which differentiates itself from other restaurants by Alain Ducasse.”
“We really like to focus on the product and the skills of fine dining. Fine dining is attention to detail, from the service side, the kitchen, and the products — basically everything. That’s how you define ‘fine dining’” says Chef Wilfrid.
Embellished with grandiose decor throughout, the restaurant with its blue-gold-cream design boasts a panoramic view of where the cityscape meets the river. Much like its menu which focuses on locally grown produce, the setting exudes a blend of Thai-French flair that pays respect to both the chef’s homeland and his new home. All these elements come together to really make Blue an immaculate spot for lunch, dinner, or a special occasion. Foodies with a love and taste for fine French fare (and now with a prestigious star), take this ride through a French culinary voyage. It sure won’t disappoint.
Blue by Alain Ducasse, Level One, ICONLUXE, ICONSIAM, Bangkok, +662 005 9412; Open: Thu-Mon, 12-10 pm.