Tokyo now gas­tro­nomic cap­i­tal

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - WORLD -

TOKYO: The epi­curean king who over­sees the Miche­lin Guide fears he may be ban­ished from France. His shock­ing crime? Award­ing Tokyo more three-star restau­rant rat­ings than Paris, thereby crown­ing the Ja­panese metropo­lis the new gas­tro­nomic cap­i­tal of the world.

“Trust me, they’ll wait for me at cus­toms there,” Jean-Luc Naret, di­rec­tor gen­eral of the famed guide to ex­cep­tional eater­ies, joked at the For­eign Cor­re­spon­dents Club of Ja­pan. “Be­cause they’ll say: ‘How dare you award more three-star rat­ings to Tokyo than Paris?’ “

Naret said that sta­tis­ti­cally speak­ing, it was not re­ally a fair con­test. Tokyo is home to 160 000 restau­rants, com­pared to 60 000 in Paris. – Sapa-AP

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