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Clockwise from left: Strawberries being prepared at Ducasse’s Mediterranean market (photo: Pierre Monetta); cooking demonstration at the Mediterranean market (photo: Pierre Monetta); interior of Le Louis XV (photo: B. Touillon).

Ducasse saved the best for last, with a gala dinner at Le Louis XV. The restaurant’s interiors reflect the grandeur of the hotel itself, with its marble pillars, crystal chandeliers and gilt ceilings transporting its well-heeled guests to La Belle Époque. Equally top-notch table service operated like a fluid ballet, delivering each course of the gala’s sumptuous yet simple menu. Highlights included the San Remo gamberoni in a delicate caviar jelly and a game torte with truffled salad and salmis sauce. Each dish was matched by a prizewinning wine, including Château Cheval Blanc 2004, Saint-Émilion’s Premier Grand Cru Classé A and the show-stopping Château d’Yquem 1988 Sauternes Premier Cru Supérieur. With such majestic offerings, it seemed fitting that Prince Albert II of Monaco was a special guest. The Prince headed the table of honour along with his wife, Princess Charlene, sister Princess Caroline and none other than Wakuda, Australia’s prince of culinary perfection.

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Rendezvous en France 2013  

The official magazine of the French Tourist Bureau in Australia. From the grit and excitement of the Tour de France to the glamour of its ma...