Alain Allegretti hails from a prominent culinary background developed in kitchens across France and the United States. His cooking style pairs cultural influences from his home city of Nice with the guidance culled from famed chefs, including Jacques Maximin and Alain Ducasse.
Raised in the Provence region of the south of France, surrounded by the Alps and the bountiful vegetables and livestock at his family’s farm, Allegretti learned to tend animals and gather fresh produce at a young age. While working on the farm as a boy, he realized his calling and helped his grandmother prepare homemade provisions including ragouts, fresh pasta, sauces, and prosciutto, as well as olive oil pressing and wine making. Allegretti’s career, in both France and New York City, stretches from helming the kitchen at legendary restaurants to his own eponymous restaurant. He was the executive chef at the New York Ritz-Carlton’s highly acclaimed restaurant, Atelier, where he was instrumental in aiding the restaurant to achieve multi-star reviews by prominent publications. Allegretti honed his culinary skills at several Michelin star-rated restaurants, including the two-star Restaurant Le Chantecler at Hotel Negresco in Nice, where Jacques Maximin served as his mentor; three-star rated Chez Chapel in Mionnay; and three-star rated Restaurant Le Louis XV in Monte Carlo, under Alain Ducasse. Allegretti arrived on the New York restaurant scene in 2001 as co-executive chef at Sirio Maccioni’s Le Cirque 2000. Discovering all that New York has to offer while working in highly esteemed kitchens, Allegretti enjoys sharing his craft and culture with the city's most discerning palates.
In 2008, Allegretti opened up his eponymous restaurant Allegretti in the Flatiron district. This Provençal restaurant, which subsequently closed during the recent recession, was critically acclaimed, earning a rave two-star review by Frank Bruni in the New York Times, along with glowing critique from the New York Post, Time Out New York, and Insatiable Critic, among other outlets.
In September 2011, Allegretti was thrilled to open his new restaurant La Promenade des Anglais, a French Riviera inspired restaurant in Chelsea’s London Terrace Gardens. True to his roots, the cuisine is inspired by ingredients from the French Riviera, with touches of Italy and the Mediterranean found throughout the lunch, dinner, brunch, and bar menus. La Promenade has been met with a slew of critical acclaim, including a beautiful two-star review from Pete Wells in the New York Times, a two-star review from Adam Platt in New York Magazine, and a two-and-a-half-star review by Steve Cuozzo in the New York Post. Adam Sutton of Bloomberg also named La Promenade as one of the Top 10 openings in 2011.
"I am proud to have learned from all of the chefs I have worked with and instilled lessons from each," says Allegretti. "Cooking with my grandmother taught me the importance of using the best seasonal ingredients and allowing their natural flavors to shine. From Jacques Maximin, I learned to be flexible with ingredients and to respect the product. From Alain Chapel, I learned a more precise and upscale style of cooking. And from Alain Ducasse, I learned that the smallest details in the entire dining experience make the difference between a good restaurant and a great restaurant. I’ve taken the best of what I’ve learned from all of them and incorporated it into my philosophy and technique."
Allegretti has been featured in a number of top publications and television shows including New York Times, New York Magazine, WWD, Vogue Online, Wine Enthusiast Magazine, The Martha Stewart Show, WABC Eyewitness News, FOX 5 Good Day New York, and NY1.