Top French chef returns Michelin stars awarded to restaurant

Sebastien Bras' Le Suquet restaurant was one of 27 French restaurants holding three stars in the 2017 guide

Le Suquet, photo from
Le Suquet, photo from

In what is an unexpected move, the Michelin guide has allowed Sebastien Bras to withdraw the three Michelin stars that were awarded to his restaurant Le Suquet in Southern France, an Associated Press report said.

Bras had announced back in September 2017 that he didn’t want the three stars anymore because of the huge pressure involved, the report said.

Samuelle Dorol, a Michelin spokesperson, told AP that while there were cases of chefs giving up stars because of retirement or change in restaurant concept, Bras was the first chef to ask to be removed from the guide altogether.

Bras, however, praised Michelin’s decision to rescind the stars. “I'm opening a new chapter of my professional life without the stars of the red guide, but with the same passion I've always had for cooking," he added. The 49-year-old chef had taken over Le Suquet from his father in 2009.

Le Suquet was one of the 27 French restaurants awarded three stars in the 2017 Micheline guide but won’t be included in the 2018 guide.

The three-star rating isn’t exactly pressure according to Michelin. The rating is given out based on five criteria which doesn’t include layout and service, the report added.

"It's all about the quality of the ingredients used, the mastery of flavors and cooking techniques, the personality of the chef, the value for money and consistency between visits," Dorol told AP.

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