Sunday, February 10, 2008
Michelin Paris Red Guide 2008 Rumours
**LATEST NEWS** according to François Simon's blog: one star each for Il Vino and Aida, and no retrograding for Arpege (but maybe next year...)
It's the time of year when the rumour mill starts predicting who will win and who will lose those precious Michelin stars. Thanks to Chroniques du Plaisir for creating the first online discussion site on facebook and especially François Simon, who, for the last decade or so has had the goods before everyone else.
The guide comes out on March 6th.
Here are a few of the predictions, which seem pretty solid to me. Arpege, seem to be having more and more trouble with their organization (I have sent them tables daily for a very long time) and have noticed a huge difference in the (lack of) quality in their telephone manners and general professionalism. I think they've taken on too many low paid, non- experienced stagieres. . I'm sure the cuisine is still superb, but they need vast improvement on the PR side of things.
Gérald Passédat at Le Petit Nice (last year's espoir) in Marseille will get three stars
Philippe Legendre at Le Cinq will get back his third star
L’Oustau de Baumanière aux Baux- de-Provence, gets two stars and an "espoir" rating.
L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon gets two stars
Jean-François Piège (Les Ambassadeurs, Hôtel de Crillon) misses out again on his third star.
Didier Elena (Les Crayères) gets his third star (false rumour?)
Alain Passard, loss of one star (probably false rumour)
William Ledeuil (Ze Kitchen Galerie – Paris) gets his first star
Alain Ducasse gets a star for his opening of the Jules Verne (wow, not bad after being open a month or two!)
This is a work in progress that will be continually updated as I get more intell....