Swiss restau­rant still in world's top 10 de­spite chef's sui­cide

Kuwait Times - - LIFESTYLE. -

The Swiss restau­rant named the best in the world last year re­mained in the top 10 of the La Liste rank­ing yes­ter­day de­spite the tragic loss of its star chef who killed him­self weeks af­ter lift­ing the honor. The Restau­rant de l'Ho­tel de Ville at Crissier near Lausanne came joint fourth in the lat­est French-based guides ag­gre­ga­tor, which claims to be more "more sci­en­tific and reli­able" than its Bri­tish-based ri­val, the 50 Best Restau­rants. Benoit Vi­olier, 44, shot him­self in Jan­uary seven weeks af­ter re­ceiv­ing the award, but his widow Brigitte vowed that the restau­rant would re­main open.

It has also since re­tained its max­i­mum three-star Miche­lin Guide rating. While French chef Guy Savoy topped this year's rank­ings for his Paris restau­rant in la Mon­naie, the old French na­tional mint, Ja­panese restau­rants came out on top over­all. Two Tokyo in­sti­tu­tions made the top 10: the mi­nus­cule Kyo Aji, and Kyubey, whose sushi is renowned for be­ing both "ex­tra­or­di­nary and rea­son­ably priced", La Liste said. Two New York restau­rants were up there along­side them, dou­ble Emmy-award-win­ning US tele­vi­sion chef Eric Ripert's Le Bernardin fish restau­rant-which came joint sec­ond-and Jean-Ge­orges in Trump Tower. Italy's Os­te­ria Frances­cana in Mo­dena-which topped the 50 Best rank­ings came joint third in La Liste, which praised not only its in­ven­tive use of the lo­cal Parmi­giano Reg­giano cheese but also "its deep com­mit­ment to fight­ing food waste".

Restau­rants in Italy also came out best over­all for value for money, it said. La Liste bills it­self as a "guide of the guides", pulling to­gether re­views from al­most 400 guide­books, news­pa­pers and on­line sites from TripAd­vi­sor to the New York Times and the pres­ti­gious Miche­lin rank­ings. An ag­gre­ga­tor, its list of the 1,000 top-rated restau­rants in the world is mod­eled on the world ten­nis rank­ings, the Shang­hai Rank­ing for uni­ver­si­ties-and film re­views web­site Rot­ten Toma­toes. This year it has added a smart­phone ap­pli­ca­tion for the 10,000 eater­ies which its anal­y­sis found to be the best value for money. — AFP

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