Global Restaurant Investment Forum

12-14 March 2018 – Palazzo Versace, Dubai

GRIF

12-14 March 2018 – Dubai

Speaker Profile

Laurent Plantier

Founder, FrenchFood Capital

Laurent Plantier is the co founder of FrenchFood Capital, a newly created Capital Development Fund investing in Food companies who reinvent our food experience. This multi-sectoral sector specific positioning starts with the premise that a Food revolution is underway, a revolution of usage, experience and knowledge which affects all companies in the food value chain.

/ If champions, able to reach an international critical size, are to emerge, we need to provide them with funding, networks and a triple innovation, business sector and international business development support.

Before Laurent headed Alain Ducasse Entreprise from 1998 to January 2015 as Chief Executive Officer and partner. He is an ardent supporter of the asset light strategy: "For a company that does not have substantial capital like ours, but a high reputation, relying on separate ownership of hotel operators who want to outsource catering, is a tremendous advantage to expand our business throughout the world." For more than a decade, Alain Ducasse Entreprise has passionately dedicated itself to the pleasures of gastronomy. Every day, they welcome customers seeking delicious moments to share, a combined experience of wonderful foods, remarkable wines and top quality service. Cooking and hospitality are both at the very heart of their craft.

Laurent Plantier started his career as an asset consultant to buy companies in difficulty. As a true entrepreneur, he buys a small industrial company he will manage for 5 years. He then applies to the M. I. T. to do an MBA at Sloan for two years. As a successful M.B.A graduate, he takes over the Hotel chain Chateaux & Hotels Collection with Alain Ducasse, and partners with him in the creation and development of Alain Ducasse Entreprise. Laurent enjoys sharing his 20 years experience with others helping them develop start-ups and creating jobs and opportunities for the most in need.

"I like now, as a new challenge, to help and mentor entrepreneurs in the food businesses to develop their venture.' Laurent said. He is a motivational speaker and mentor and is truly passionate about changing the food industry and making major changes in the food industry globally. He enjoys mentoring, team building and establishing new businesses. He speaks English and French.