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Chef Antoine Westermann is inspired by la cuisine de grand-mère — "grandmother's cooking" — at Café du Parc, the French bistro at the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star Willard InterContinental in Washington, D.C.
A native of Alsace, near the French and German border, Westermann earned his reputation at Le Buerehiese. The restaurant is housed in a restored 17th-century mansion, where Westermann married old world touches and haute cuisine. He’s especially proud of his native cuisine, and includes regional fare such as the onion and bacon tart known as tarte flambée and choucroute alsacienne, delicate sauerkraut paired with sausages.
Westermann believes in creating fine culinary experiences in a variety of settings. He owns a pair of classic French restaurants in Paris, two sandwich shops in Strasbourg and the Franco-Portuguese Fortaleza C Guincho, a Relais & Chateaux property in Portugal.
Café du Parc’s food philosophy is simple made into spectacular.