Shaken and stirred, French-style
You may remember the first Café Martinique from that great 1965 James Bond flick Thunderball, when it made an appearance in the early scene where 007 meets the movie’s dastardly villain, Largo, and his Bondgirl de jour, Domino. Well, this is Café Martinque take deux. Today, the original glamour and high style of the place lives on at master French chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s reinvention of the legendary Caribbean icon. His take on Old-World elegance wows with iconic, throwback details like a wrought-iron birdcage elevator, a dramatic mahogany staircase and elegantly etched-glass windows. But you’ll find that the real star is the classic French gourmet fare that appears on your plate, exactly the kind of perfectly prepared and presented dishes for which Jean-Georges is known.
Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten
In 1973, a 16-year-old Alsatian named Jean-Georges Vongerichten started working at a three-star French restaurant called Auberge de l’Ill. A simple beginning to a tale that’s made culinary history and launched a reputation almost remarkable as his food … almost.
Dubbed the “enfant terrible of modern French cooking,” or the “Madonna of the Kitchen,” Jean-George has been recognized internationally for his inspired Thai-French cuisine. But his skills go far beyond his kitchen. A savvy businessman, Vongerichten operates a number of three and four star restaurants in Manhattan, Shanghai and Hong Kong. He’s also authored or contributed to a number of cookbooks, including Simple to Spectacular (2000) and Jean-Georges: Cooking At Home with a Four-Star Chef (1998).
Vongerichten’s culinary contribution to Atlantis Paradise Island is a true delight for all the senses that simply not to be missed.