France's Bocuse restaurant loses third Michelin star after chef's death

FILE Picture: French chef Paul Bocuse’s portrait is witnessed throughout a push visit for the opening of the new restaurant-college of the Institut Paul Bocuse in Lyon, November 7, 2013. REUTERS/Robert Pratta/File Picture

PARIS (Reuters) – The flagship restaurant of celebrated French chef Paul Bocuse, who died virtually two yrs ago, has misplaced its coveted Michelin three-star rating for the to start with time in more than five many years.

Bocuse combined a enthusiasm for foodstuff with a nose for self-publicity that introduced him fame and fortune further than his native France.

“Although we are upset by the inspectors’ judgment, there is a single point we never ever want to get rid of, and that is the soul of Paul,” the Bocuse household and his cafe mentioned in a statement.

L’Auberge du Pont de Collonges, in close proximity to Lyon in France’s gastronomic southeast, was the nerve-centre of his culinary empire and initially belonged to his father.

The chef’s Bocuse d’Or group said on Twitter it presented its “unwavering guidance to ‘Maison Bocuse’” following the withdrawal of its third star.

L’Auberge du Pont de Collonges acquired its 1st Michelin star in 1961 when Bocuse was supporting his father construct up the organization. After his father’s loss of life he took it to the prime 3-star position in 1965.

The Michelin Manual has awarded the cafe two stars in its 2020 guidebook, the Bocuse family members reported.

Reps for the guide explained the restaurant remained “excellent, but no lengthier at the stage of 3 stars”.

Reporting by Richard Lough and Matthieu Protard Editing by Alison Williams

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