As part of this year's S.Pellegrino Young Chef competition -- seeking out the world's most talented up-and-coming chefs -- the Ferris wheel in Paris's Place de la Concorde will be turned into a pop-up restaurant for one night only. Diners can step aboard May 19 in a first for the French capital's "Grande Roue."
The "Grande Roue" in Paris's Place de la Concorde is a fun way of taking in the city's sights that's especially popular during the winter holiday season. Now, for the first time, the city's Ferris wheel is set to become a pop-up restaurant. Around 400 lucky diners will take a seat in one of the 48 cabins for dinner sittings at 7pm and 9:30pm.
The pop-up will be serving dishes cooked by the French finalist in the S.Pellegrino Young Chef competition, who will be selected at a country-wide semi-final on May 9. Cabin companions will be served an amuse-bouche, followed by a starter, the chef's signature dish and a dessert. The finalist will be accompanied in the kitchen by the triple Michelin-starred chef Yannick Alléno. The chef, based at the Pavillon Ledoyen restaurant in Paris, is one of the jury members who will help select the French finalist, before coaching them for the final. The pair of chefs will be stepping into a pop-up kitchen installed at the foot of the wheel especially for the occasion.
Anyone hoping to enjoy this unique culinary experience, taking diners over 70 meters above ground, will need to book quickly. Reservations can be made online at www.finedininglovers.fr (in French) and places are allocated on a first come, first served basis. Note that bookings must be made for two people.
The final of the S.Pellegrino Young Chef competition will be held October 15 in Milan, Italy.