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Friday, January 28, 2005

Yet another Michelin scandal!

While at Gastronomie.com site reading about the closing of La Ferme de Mon Père, I found this news about the Michelin Guide for the Benelux countries. The guide has been pulled from sales because of a problem with one of the reviews. Apparently a "bib gourmand" -normally awarded to restaurants with good quality/price rapport- was awarded to a restaurant which had not yet been opened at the time of the publication.

Ostend Queen restaurant owner Fernand David said he got into the guide because of the "good relations" he had with Michelin, and because he was sponsored by an established three-star chef.

"We reached an agreement to appear in the 2005 edition of the Red Guide and to not have to wait a year unnecessarily" Full story in English is on the BBC.

Tsk, tsk. Scandal, scandal, espeically coming in the wake of Pascal Rémy's book, L'inspecteur se met à table, exposing the dirty laundry inside the Michelin organization. This is not going to be pretty.

This, and Anthony's in Leeds not getting the widely expected -and well deserved- star, a scandal indeed.


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