Alain Ducasse smiles as he reflects on the difficulty of running a restaurant empire that stretches across eight countries and includes three-Michelin-star establishments in Monte Carlo, Paris and London. He queries this interpretation of his view.
<p>Alain Ducasse has opened his first restaurant in the Middle East: Idam, housed within the Museum of Islamic Art in Qatar. The food mixes French and Arabic influences. The museum, designed by I.M. Pei, sits on an artificial island overlooking the water in Doha, the capital. Wine isn't served in the restaurant, where the signature dish is camel.</p> Source: Photograph by Richard Vines/Bloomberg
<p>The celebrated chef travels 300 days a year, hunting for ideas to enliven his 24 restaurants in eight countries. Here are some of his favorites.</p><p><a href="http://hotelunique.com.br/index.php" target="_blank">Hotel Unique</a> (Sao Paulo) With its striking and truly unique silhouette, the hotel takes on the form of a half disc or a boat. The interiors are relaxed and deliver an unexpected harmony and views of the city.</p><p><em><strong>Special Report:</strong> <a href="http://topics.bloomberg.com/bloomberg-pursuits/" target="_blank">Bloomberg Pursuits</a></em></p> Source: Courtesy Hotel Unique