ALLÉNO JOINS THE ELITE IN NEW MICHELIN GUIDE
The much-anticipated 2017 Michelin Guide France has awarded one or more of its stars to 70 new restaurants – the largest annual increase for ten years.
Just one restaurant was promoted to three-star status, Le 1947 in the luxury ski resort of Courchevel. Led by chef Yannick Alléno, the restaurant specialises in Savoyard cuisine and was praised by Michelin assessors for providing “a memorable experience” that “will seduce the palates of the world’s finest gastronomes”.
Alléno already has three Michelin stars for his Paris restaurant Pavillon Ledoyen, and joins the illustrious ranks of ‘six-star chefs’ that include Alain Ducasse and Eugénie Brazier.
Among other successes was the Logis de la Cadène, one of the oldest restaurants in the wine-making town of Saint-émilion, which gained its first star. There will be celebrations, too, on Bordeaux’s Left Bank, after the owners of Château Haut-brion saw their Paris restaurant Le Clarence – which opened in late 2015 and specialises in French classics – awarded two Michelin stars.
Other successes in south-west France included Gordon Ramsay’s restaurant Le Pressoir d’argent at the Intercontinental Bordeaux Le Grand Hôtel. Combining British produce with French culinary style, it is one of 12 restaurants to move up to the two-star category.
Ramsay, the first British chef to win two stars in France, said: “To gain our second star after just 17 months is truly an honour and testament to the loyalty and dedication of the team and head chef.”
The guide can take away stars as well as award them. The restaurant at Château Cordeillan-bages in Pauillac, near Bordeaux, reopens in April with a new young chef at the helm. However, under Michelin guidelines, the restaurant loses its two stars and must rebuild a reputation from scratch.
In Bordeaux, Pierre Gagnaire’s new restaurant at La Grande Maison de Bernard Magrez has already gained two stars – retaining the status the restaurant had when Joël Robuchon was in charge of the kitchens.
In Paris, the Four Seasons Hôtel George V became the first hotel in Europe to have three Michelin-starred restaurants. Le George and L’orangerie both gained their first star, even though the respective head chefs had been in charge for less than a year, while Le Cinq retained its three-star status.
ABOVE: Chef Yannick Alléno ( centre) poses with the Michelin Guide 2017 after being awarded three stars for his restaurant, Le 1947, in Courchevel. Next to him is Fanny Rey, of the Auberge la Reine Jeanne in Saint-rémy-de-provence, the only new female award-winner this year