Two-starred French chef Nicolas Le Bec said Wednesday he was abandoning his restaurants in France to decamp to "bustling and vibrant" Shanghai.
The chef, 40, said he was selling his two establishments in the city of Lyon to launch an 800-square-metre (8,600-square-foot) high-end restaurant in Shanghai's business district.
"Shanghai is a bustling and vibrant city and I like Asian culture," he told AFP. "What I felt in New York when I studied there in the '90s, that's what I feel today in Shanghai."
Le Bec, originally from Britanny, opened a brasserie in Lyon in 2001 and was awarded a first Michelin star in 2003 and a second in 2007.