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Montreal Restaurant Critic Rebukes Joël Robuchon Casino Project

A "terrible idea."

Why not Au Pied de Cochon or Moishes?
Why not Au Pied de Cochon or Moishes?

Lesley Chesterman has strong opinions on the Casino de Montréal's Joël Robuchon experiment. The Montreal Gazette critic took to Twitter over the weekend to question whether the proposed L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon restaurant is the best use of government funds (the casino is a subsidiary of Loto-Québec, a crown corporation and government enterprise). The rant came in the wake of Chesterman's disclosure in the Gazette that the casino's executive chef, Jean-Pierre Curtat "has not met Robuchon, who has not yet set foot in the Montreal Casino. This is also the first time, to Curtat’s knowledge, that Robuchon will not be brining in chefs trained in his establishments."

Chesterman went on to add that there "have been rumblings, as well, as to whether this is a project that should be placed in the hands of Loto-Québec, a government agency. In a time of austerity measures, should government funds be funnelled into a swanky restaurant fronted by a foreign chef?" The critic added to those rumblings on Saturday, the day after her article was published. Update: the Gazette published an op-ed by Chesterman today which expands on her criticisms of the casino restaurant—key line: "[T]he idea of setting up a French chef in our government-funded casino comes off as an insensitive blunder."

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