Famous Parisian restaurant Taillevent, which has held three Michelin stars for 34 years, lost one of its stars today, as Michelin released its 2007 France guide.
The restaurant, which was opened by Andre Vrinat in 1946 and gained its first star in 1949, was one of two acclaimed establishments to lose its prestigious third star - Le Cinq at the Four Seasons George V hotel was also demoted to the ranks of two-star establishments.
Michelin promoted five restaurants to three stars including:
- Barbot's Astrance in western Paris
- Le Meurice, run by Yannick Alleno, in central Paris
- Pre Catelan, owned by hotel company Accor SA in the Bois de Boulogne, west of Paris
- Lameloise, in Chagny, in the Burgundy region
- Pic, in the southern city of Valence.
Pic being awarded three stars marks a historic move for the restaurant as its chef, Anne-Sophie Pic, is only the fourth woman to be given Michelin's top award since the guide began using the star system in 1926.
Michelin's new France guide includes a total of 26 three-star restaurants, with 21 having retained their rating.
Among those that disappeared, Megeve-based La Ferme de Mon Pere was sold by Marc Veyrat last year. Buerehiesel, in Strasbourg, and l'Esperance, in Vezelay, were removed from the guide.
Michelin added seven new two-star and 50 one-star restaurants to the France guide, which goes on sale next Wednesday (28 February). An English language version will be published on 28 March.
By Kerstin Kuhn
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