In a career spanning 30 years, Joël Antunes has worked with the world’s
culinary “Who’s Who” including Troisgros, Bocuse, Meneau, Maximin and
Duquesnoy in his native France. At The Normandie restaurant in
The Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok he earned nominations for the best
restaurant in Asia.
He opened his Michelin star restaurant Les Saveurs in London and was
nominated best restaurant in the UK. He then moved to the United States
where he earned 5 Stars with the Mobile guide at The Dining Room in
The Ritz Carlton in Atlanta.
This was followed by his James Beard awarded eponymous venture, Joël’s,
also in Atlanta.
But now the question inevitably arises, “Little Rock, Arkansas?”
"I am extremely excited to be returning to the United States and to the South,
in particular, where my wife and I feel very much at home,” said Antunes.
“When people work for me in the kitchen, I want harmony. I want something
very smooth. I don’t want to stress because when people are stressed, they
don’t work very well. When you’re well organized, it is easy,” he added.
“The team of professional culinarians at Ashley’s are extraordinary, and I look
forward to the inspiration I will doubtlessly receive from them and from the
wonderful selection of local, fresh ingredients that is available in Arkansas
and throughout the region.”