World-famous 3-Michelin-starred chef Alain Ducasse has installed an antivirus ventilation system for the health of his post-coronavirus guests and employees at his restaurant Allard in France.
Ducasse, the iconic French chef, aims to overcome social distance restriction with a different method with the ventilation system he has installed at Allard, his smallest restaurant in Paris. The ventilation system, invented by designer Patrick Jouin, architect Arnaud Delloye and a team of experts for €50,000, used hospital technology to reduce the risk of airborne transmission of the virus.
Allard, the traditional and small restaurant in Paris that closed in March, began welcoming guests with this new system at 80% capacity last week, the New York Times reported. “It’s one of the smallest restaurants in Paris and that’s why we decided to create this system here, as social distancing would make capacity here almost impossible,” Ducasse told The Associated Press.
Using high-tech air filtration devices used in hospitals, the team designed a system of metal pipes, filters and diffusers to slow down the speed of air particles 20 times. Thanks to the slowness provided, the virus can be absorbed without infecting the other table. “With this new system, the air in each table is as contained as in an operating theatre,” Ducasse said in a statement, explaining that he intends to use this system globally if the project is successful.