Michelin Virus Spreads, Delighting Ducasse, Krauts; Angering Gordo, Japanese


The Michelin guide gives the media plenty of fodder today — the Los Angeles and Las Vegas guides are out today, the first ever Tokyo guide comes out on Monday, and the German guide came out yesterday. The takeaway: Thanks to a star for his $16 million restaurant Mix at the Mandalay Bay, Alain Ducasse has now become the most-starred chef at 13 stars (beating out Gordon Ramsay's 12 — perhaps why Gordo got a little pissy on Regis & Kelly yesterday). On the international front, Germany now moves ahead of Spain and Italy in number of three-star restaurants with a whopping 9 behind eternal front-runner France’s 26. It remains to be seen whether the Tokyo guide will change all that but (big surprise!) the Japanese are about as pissed as we were when Michelin set its giant inflatable foot on our shores. Quoth a Japanese food blogger: “These are French people who want to judge Japanese cuisine according to French standards. Japanese people who take part in this ought to be ashamed of themselves.” We hear you, brother!

Alain Ducasse regains crown as most-starred chef [Caterersearch.com]
Michelin guide steps out of West, into controversy in Tokyo [AFP]
Schnitzel Outcooks Spaghetti in Michelin Guide [Deutsche Welle]
Gordon Ramsay Loses Temper with Regis Philbin [Showbiz Spy]
Earlier: The Case Against Michelin