Michelin Guide 2024: Les Ambassadeurs by Christophe Cussac earns two stars in its first year

Less than a year after Les Ambassadeurs by Christophe Cussac opened at Monaco’s Hôtel Métropole, the restaurant has been awarded a stunning two Michelin stars in the recently launched 2024 edition of the famous guide. 

Les Ambassadeurs by Christophe Cussac opened at the five-star hotel in the heart of Monaco in July 2023, and proved a resounding success with diners and critics alike from the very first service.

The name itself set the restaurant up for great things, taking its inspiration from the Les Ambassadeurs of the 1920s and guiding the principles of Chef Cussac, who offers a contemporary and authentic take on Mediterranean cuisine in this inviting yet sumptuous space.

The elegant dining room of Les Ambassadeurs by Christophe Cussac. Photo credit: Studio Phenix

“I am deeply honoured by this recognition from the Michelin Guide, and I would like to emphasise that these stars are the fruit of the hard work and devotion of my entire team,” said Chef Christophe Cussac in a statement. “We have made this journey together, each member bringing their unique contribution, dedication and talent. They shine for every one of us, because we know that we can’t achieve great things alone. This is a collective victory, and I’m incredibly grateful to everyone who has contributed to our success.” 

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It is rare – very rare – for a restaurant to earn two Michelin stars in its first year, but this was always the goal.  

Les Ambassadeurs is complimented by Yoshi, the Riviera’s only Japanese restaurant to hold a Michelin star and, according to a spokesperson for the Hôtel Métropole, the launching of the new restaurant was all part of a plan to bring the total number of stars at the hotel back up to three. 

It restores the honour that the Hôtel Metropole held during the days when Joël Robuchon, together with Christophe Cussac, occupied this space.

Chef Cussac boasts more than 40 years’ experience with some of the greatest of his time: he lived through the Jamin Robuchon era (1981), then Troisgros in Roanne, before managing his family Relais & Châteaux the Abbaye Saint-Michel in Tonnerre, Burgundy (two stars), the Réserve de Beaulieu (two stars), and finally the Hôtel Metropole Monte-Carlo alongside Joël Robuchon at the two Michelin starred restaurant.

Les Ambassadeurs lobster lasagne. Photo credit: Studio Phenix

Les Ambassadeurs by Christophe Cussac had undergone a major transformation ahead of its 2023 reopening.

While Designer Jacques Garcia extended his expertise to the restaurant’s timeless design in the dining room, the biggest transformation took place behind the scenes in the kitchen, which was extensively expanded and now presents almost as beautiful as the dining space itself. Three large work stations accommodate 11 chefs, and there’s also a ‘bar table’ where guests can immerse themselves in all the action, as well as a ‘chefs table’ in the main dining area, overlooking the service kitchen.

Chef Christophe Cussac is pictured centre with members of his team. Photo credit: Studio Phenix

The restaurant’s pastry chef, Patrick Mesiano, was been singularly honoured with a 2024 Prix Passion Dessert by the guide.

When it opened, Les Ambassadeurs by Christophe Cussac added another gem to Monaco’s culinary crown. Now, it can confidently sit on top of that crown as one of Monaco’s best.


New restaurant: Fine dining reaches new high at Les Ambassadeurs by Christophe Cussac

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Photo credit: Studio Phenix