International luxury travel network Virtuoso® announced the winners of its prestigious 2015 Best of the Best hotel awards last night at its 27th annual Virtuoso Travel Week conference, where Epicure, the three-star gourmet restaurant of Le Bristol Paris, one of the flagships of the Oetker Collection, was recognized as the Best Culinary Experience, four years after brasserie 114 Faubourg received the same accolade.
This award is a tribute to both the excellence and creativity of the cuisine of Chef Eric Frechon but it also establishes Le Bristol Paris as a unique culinary destination worldwide. Chef Eric Frechon and his team are once more rewarded for their exceptional day-to-day work, creating an internationally recognized dining experience at Le Bristol, the only hotel in Europe offering its guests “four” Michelin stars.
Didier Le Calvez, President and Managing Director of Le Bristol Paris, says: “We are pleasantly surprised and take enormous pride in being recognized for the second time from Virtuoso Best of the Best, since our 114 Faubourg brasserie (one Michelin star) was honoured in 2011. This is a unique circumstance in that it is a first in the history of the Best of the Best awards. I am extremely proud to work with chef Eric Frechon and sincerely thank the Epicure teams. Thanks in particular to director Frédéric Kaiser, another Meilleur Ouvrier de France (Best Craftsman of France) just like Eric Frechon, for his work and daily commitment to excellence.”
“This new distinction is a remarkable echo of Saveur magazine’s ‘Best Hotel Restaurant of the World’ awarded to Epicure late last year. Finally, this recognition is excellent news for Céleste, the gourmet restaurant at the Lanesborough in London, Oetker Collection’s newest hotel, which just reopened and is helmed by none other than Eric Frechon’s right-hand man, Florian Favario. Eric Frechon, who is still based in Paris, will oversee fine dining at this new establishment.”
Frank Marrenbach, CEO Oetker Collection said “Epicure as well as the Brasserie 114 Faubourg reflect perfectly the type of culinary experience we aspire to across Oetker Collection. We are delighted to see that this has been recognised by such a prestigious award.”
The Oetker Collection sales teams, beginning with Catherine Hodoul-Baudry, Caroline Goux and Adelaïda Borg, would like to thank all of the agents who constitute the Virtuoso network for their support and confidence in these last years.
“Virtuoso has been hand-selecting the world’s finest properties for its famed Hotels & Resorts program for more than two decades, so deciding which ones represent the Best of the Best is challenging each year,” said Albert Herrera, senior vice president, Global Product Partnerships for Virtuoso. “The Best of the Best winners exemplify the highest standard of hospitality excellence in their given category and it’s a pleasure to celebrate Le Bristol Paris’ gourmet restaurant Epicure as the Best Culinary Experience.”