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L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon, a Four-Star French restaurant located within MGM Grand Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, is owned and operated by master French chef Joël Robuchon. Robuchon basically came out of retirement (from opening new restaurants) to open his first L’Atelier in Paris, where there were just 40 seats, no dining room service, a focus on small plates and an open kitchen where diners could watch their food being prepared and plated. The mix of formal and informal really caught on and the concept has been replicated across the globe, from New York to London to Tokyo.
The executive chef at the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star restaurant in Las Vegas is Steve Benjamin, who despite his American-sounding name, actually hails from France, where at 14 he began volunteering as an apprentice at a local restaurant outside his hometown, just north of Paris. Benjamin was working at L’Astor at the Sofitel in Paris when Robuchon recruited the entire team to open his first L’Atelier, and Benjamin later was tapped to head the Las Vegas outfit.