Celebrity French chef sues Miche­lin guide over rat­ing

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NAN­TERRE (AFP) — Celebrity French chef Marc Veyrat said Tues­day that he has sued the famed Miche­lin guide after in­spec­tors stripped his restau­rant of its cov­eted third star, claim­ing they had botched their eval­u­a­tion, in par­tic­u­lar over a cheese souf­fle.

“I’ve been dis­hon­ored, I saw my team in tears … to have them call you one evening with­out warn­ing, with­out any­thing writ­ten down, with­out any­thing, to say ‘That’s it, it’s over’” Veyrat told France In­ter ra­dio on Tues­day.

Veyrat’s La Mai­son des Bois restau­rant in the French Alps was de­moted to two stars from the max­i­mum three last Jan­uary, just a year after he se­cured the in­dus­try’s high­est ac­co­lade.

He said the move plunged him into de­pres­sion, and the fu­ri­ous chef later de­manded that he be re­moved from the vaunted red guides — in vain.

He claims the down­grade came after a Miche­lin in­spec­tor mis­tak­enly thought he had adul­ter­ated a cheese souf­fle with English Ched­dar, in­stead of us­ing France’s Re­blo­chon, Beau­fort and Tomme va­ri­eties.

“I put saf­fron in it, and the gen­tle­man who came thought it was ched­dar be­cause it was yel­low. That’s what you call knowl­edge of a place? It’s just crazy,” Veyrat told France In­ter.

His lawyer Em­manuel Ra­vanas had told AFP late Mon­day that Veyrat hopes the court will force Miche­lin to hand over doc­u­ments “to clar­ify the ex­act rea­sons” jus­ti­fy­ing its de­ci­sion.

He said a court hear­ing has been set for Nov. 27 in Nan­terre, just west of Paris.

“For decades, Marc Veyrat has been used to hav­ing his cook­ing graded, eval­u­ated and com­pared, and he knows quite well that you don’t own a star for life … He ac­cepts it all, as long as the crit­i­cism is ac­cu­rate,” Ra­vanas said.

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