Thursday 13 November 2008

Crown Welcomes Gordon Ramsay’s Maze To The World Of Entertainment

Crown is excited to announce that Gordon Ramsay’s Maze restaurant will open in Australia’s newest and most exciting hotel in February 2010. An agreement has been reached with Gordon Ramsay Holdings International to open Maze, one of London’s most popular and successful restaurant concepts, within Crown’s new, third hotel in early 2010.

Crown’s Chief Executive Officer Mr David Courtney, who made the announcement, said: "We’re thrilled to announce the exciting news that Gordon Ramsay will open a Maze restaurant at Crown. Gordon Ramsay and Maze fit extremely well within the positioning of our new hotel as Maze has become renowned for being stylish, contemporary and providing an innovative food offer. Maze will be hugely popular and will be a major drawcard for local, interstate and international visitors. Bringing Gordon Ramsay and Maze to Melbourne further cements our strategy of bringing some of the world’s best dining experiences to Crown and Melbourne.”

Mr Gordon Ramsay said: “This is our first step in bringing the Gordon Ramsay brand to Australia and after having seen the way Crown operates feel that this is an exciting and challenging opportunity.”

While based on French cuisine, Maze's food has Asian influences and offers small tasting plates. Guests are encouraged to order individually or sample many dishes. Maze London, New York and Prague menus, for example, feature dishes such as bouillabaisse of red mullet with fennel puree and halibut ravioli with braised carrots, gremolata and veal vinaigrette. Maze has been awarded a Michelin star and won an unprecedented number of awards during its first year of operation and most recently was named Best Breakthrough Restaurant at the San Pellegrino World’s Best Restaurant Awards.

Crown’s Third Hotel Tower (Yet to be named)
Located on Clarendon Street, adjacent to the Crown Entertainment Complex, the new hotel will have a total of 658 rooms, bringing the total number of hotel rooms available at the Crown Entertainment Complex to more than 1600 rooms. The architecturally striking design includes a stunning, futuristic podium entry as well as a day spa located on the top floors of the hotel, a lounge, bar and retail precinct. Early projections estimate the hotel will accommodate approximately 340,000 guests, including 100,000 from overseas every year.

The development of the new hotel continues Crown’s commitment to excellence in design and style and will be an invaluable addition to Melbourne’s tourism infrastructure.

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