French chef Pierre Gagnaire is to open a restaurant in Berlin at the city's forthcoming Waldorf Astoria hotel, part of Hilton Worldwide's luxury hotel portfolio.
The multi-Michelin-starred chef, who already operates restaurants around the globe, including Paris, London and Tokyo, will open a 70-seat, yet-to-be-named "relaxed fine dining" restaurant at the hotel in the German capital, which opens towards the end of the year.
Celebrated for being at the forefront of the fusion movement, Gagnaire will serve his signature modern fusion cuisine at the Berlin restaurant and train staff at his eponymous three-Michelin-starred operation in Paris.
Located next to the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church and just a short distance from the Kurfürstendamm, the 232-bedroom Waldorf Astoria Berlin will occupy the first 15 floors of the Zoofenster development, as well as floors 22 to 31 of the 32-storey natural stone and glass skyscraper.
In addition to Gagnaire's restaurant the property will include a range of drinking and dining options including the Romanische Café on the ground floor, the Peacock Alley restaurant, and a yet-to-be-named destination bar.
Commenting on the forthcoming restaurant launch, Gagnaire said: "The Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts brand has become a touchstone for defining luxury experiences and I look forward to offering a sophisticated culinary experience that Berliners and travellers from across the globe will remember at this fine hotel."
Friedrich W. Niemann, general manager of the Waldorf Astoria Berlin, added: "It is a great honour to have attracted such a luminary and legendary chef as Pierre Gagnaire to the Waldorf Astoria Berlin.
"Pierre's name is not only synonymous with culinary brilliance, but also, with Michelin stars, making him a valuable addition to Waldorf Astoria Berlin and a gastronomic attraction for the city."
Gagnaire, who holds a total of 11 Michelin stars, operates restaurants in London, Las Vegas, Moscow, Dubai, Seoul, Hong Kong and Tokyo as well as Courchevel, St Tropez and Paris.
He has become the latest high calibre chef to join the Waldorf Astoria group, which also includes Heinz Beck at La Pergola, the three-Michelin-starred restaurant at Rome's Cavalieri hotel, and Simone Zanoni at the two-Michelin-starred Gordon Ramsay au Trianon at Trianon Palace Versailles.
By Kerstin Kühn
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