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Monsieur François Delahaye

Chief Operating Officer

Dorchester Collection

GM Hotel Plaza Athénée, Paris

The fictional hero you wish you had been?

James Bond! I love James Bond

What would be the title of your autobiography?

I'm not planning on making one but if I had to write one it would be "The Life of an Innkeeper"

Someone among your friends who symbolizes French elegance in your eyes?

Inès de la Fressange! I find that she is the person who most represents French elegance

The most memorable dinner you have attended?

Martell, the oldest of the grand Cognac Houses’ 300th anniversary spectacular celebration at the Château de Versailles. We first had a glass of champagne on the Château's terrace while the Patrouille de France gave a flight demonstration exclusively for us. It was absolutely mind blowing! Then, we had dinner at L’Orangerie. The menu was prepared by Paul Pairet, the Michelin-starred chef of Ultraviolet restaurant in Shanghai. During the dinner, there was a projection of images on all the walls which made us live an intense moment: while we were eating truffle and at the same time, we were watching a video that was making us pass from the soil and the oaks then to the truffles that the dogs were finding out… Fifteen dishes were served to us with beautiful wines. Then, the dinner ended with a fireworks display ... It is the most magical dinner I have ever attended.

An accessory that never leaves you?

A jacket ! I always wear a jacket. I find important for a man to wear a jacket. Even when I go on vacation to the Maldives, I put on a jacket even if it is a very light one… I think a man must have a certain elegance, I hate when people wear T-shirts.

A character trait that defines you?

I like to help! people I love it when people call to ask me a favor