image courtesy of Le Montrachet restaurant
Chefs and restaurant owners can stop holding their breath, the Michelin guide with their star awards were announced yesterday.
In Burgundy, lost stars tended to attract the headlines, but let us give you the good news first.
Christophe Queant, formerly of Chateau Pommard, opened his Le Carmin restaurant in Beaune in 2014 and his passion and skill has been rewarded with his first Michelin star for that restaurant.
In Dijon, chef Angelo Ferrigno of la Maison des Cariatides has also earned a star. At 23 yrs of age, Angelo is the youngest chef to hold a Michelin star. What a future he has!
One of our favourites Le Montrachet at Puligny-Montrachet retains its star, while in nearby Chagny, Lameloise retains its three star status.
On the down side, Le Clos du Cedre in Beaune has lost its star, and the celebrated Relais Bernard Loiseau in Saulieu has lost one of its three stars. A huge disappointment for Mme Loiseau.
In Paris, there are two new 3 star restaurants, Alain Ducasse`s Plaza Athenee, and Le Cinq through chef Christian Le Squer.
Across all of France there are now 600 `starred` restaurants, which is down from 609 in 2015.
This year, Michelin has introduced a new symbol, L` Assiette Michelin (a plate) that has been awarded to over 3000 restaurants that were subjected to the same scrutiny as those who were successful in achieving stars, but just failed to make the exacting grade required.
Michelin say L`Assiette endorsed restaurants will guarantee a very good standard of a food and wine experience.
Time for you to think about treating your taste buds in Burgundy!!