Chef who took Michelin to court after his restaurant lost its coveted third star claims he no longer wants the accolade and will ‘never’ allow inspectors in his new Paris eatery
- Marc Veyrat tried to sue Michelin after his restaurant had its third star removed
- His case was thrown out by a French court, but he is appealing the case
- The chef said he will never welcome Michelin inspectors to his new restaurant
A celebrity chef who took Michelin to court after his restaurant lost its coveted three-star rating has said he will not welcome inspectors into his new Parisian diner.
Marc Veyrat, 69, tried to sue Michelin after his restaurant La Maison des Bois, located in his hometown of Manigod in the French Alps, dropped a star in the 2019 edition of the respected food guide.
Mr Veyrat demanded a full explanation and called out an inspector who wrongly suggested he used English cheddar cheese in a soufflé.
However the case was thrown out by a Paris court after it was determined he had suffered no material loss as a result of the two-star rating.
Now Mr Veyrat is turning his attention towards his new eatery, Fontaine Gaillon, and insists he never wants to welcome a Michelin inspector through its doors.
Marc Veyrat said he will not welcome inspectors from the red guide into his new Parisian restaurant, La Fontaine Gaillon, pictured, following the scandal around his Michelin stars
‘I never want the Michelin (inspectors) in here,’ Veyrat told AFP.
Instead he insisted he wanted to ‘put stars in the eyes of his diners’ with his inventive but convivial cuisine.
Veyrat said he would continue to cook the ‘botanical’ creations which made his name, including scallops perfumed with wild hogweed and served with a puree of dates with a lemongrass emulsion for 48 euros (£40/$53).
Freshwater fish will also be on the menu flavoured with mountain herbs, using 60 different plants from a special herb garden.
Veyrat is also having fresh Savoyard cheeses, charcuterie, pine cones and butters driven straight to Paris from their producers.
Veyrat is also having fresh Savoyard cheeses, charcuterie, pine cones and butters driven straight to Paris from their producers at his new restaurant (pictured)
‘We will have dishes that speak of the forest, of mountain meadows and of Savoy cheeses. People need that, the natural and the real,’ the chef added.
The restaurant is opening in a historic Parisian dining room previously owned by the equally colourful French actor, Gerard Depardieu.
The chef, pictured in 2018, was branded a ‘narcissistic diva’ when he tried to force the guide to hand over its secret judging notes
The chef, who is appealing the court ruling, lambasted the ‘incompetent’ Michelin inspectors who he said claimed that he had used English Cheddar cheese in a souffle instead of French Reblochon.
‘Who do they take themselves for?,’ he asked. ‘I have trained seven three-star chefs, 21 two-star ones and I don’t know how many who have one star.
‘But they want to put us back in basic training as if we hadn’t 50 years of know-how and experience to draw upon?’
But Veyrat said the shock of losing his third star for his Maison des Bois was less than the pain he felt when the Michelin took the third star last week from the restaurant once run by the legendary Paul Bocuse near Lyon.
‘One does not touch Paul Bocuse,’ Veyrat said. By relegating his restaurant, the guide was attacking the essence of ‘French identity’, he claimed.
The man they called the ‘pope’ of haute cuisine ‘opened restaurants all over the world, and trained so many chefs’, he insisted.
The flamboyant cook has now taken over a historic Parisian dining room previously owned by the equally colourful French actor, Gerard Depardieu (pictured)
The chef was branded a ‘narcissistic diva’ by Michelin when he tried to force the guide to hand over its secret judging notes, which would have caused an earthquake in the restaurant world and led to potential legal action from other disgruntled chefs.
French courts rejected Veyrat’s case saying he offered ‘no proof showing the existence of any damage’ to his restaurant Maison des Bois caused by Michelin’s new rating.
It was the first time that a chef had sued the guide, which is considered the most prestigious in the world.
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