(Plaza Athénée, Paris)

 

As Alain Ducasse’s right-hand man since he started in Monte Carlo (and in all his subsequent restaurants) and son of restaurateurs, Denis has been a star in what has come to be called the “soft revolution” of “French-style” service. With diplomacy as a backdrop, fine theatricalisation in front of the clientele, detailed teaching of younger generations in the dining room and the discreet insertion of new technologies in service, this “great” is the very metaphor of great service in the 21st century.

For all these reasons, he is the 2019 Gueridón de Oro winner.