Virus won’t stop Eiffel Tower high life, says top French chef.
PARIS, France — The ebullient French chef Frederic Anton is having none of the talk that the world will not be the same again after the coronavirus.
From the kitchen of his Jules Verne restaurant perched high on the Eiffel Tower 125 metres (410 feet) above Paris, the combative cook is determined that it will make not one iota of difference to the glories of French gastronomy.
“Nothing is going to change,” he declared, certainly not on the plate.
“The whole world loves to eat. The first day after the lockdown in Paris, restaurant terraces everywhere were full of people eating out.
“No one thought twice about it,” Anton told AFP. “France is the land of food after all.”
The three-star Michelin chef took over the Eiffel Tower space last year after locking horns with its previous tenant, Alain Ducasse.
The superchef — who holds more Michelin stars than any other living chef — did not take well to Anton swiping the lease for the dining room, with its panoramic views, from under his nose.
Especially as it was there that Ducasse cooked for Donald and Melania Trump and the French first couple after the US president’s 2017 trip to Paris, where he was guest of honour at the Bastille Day celebration.
While many top chefs worried about whether their restaurants would ever open again because of the virus, Anton said that for him the lockdown was a “holiday”.