Michelin 2016 : les nouveaux restaurants étoilés
The 2016 Michelin guide has published its list of the 600 best restaurants in France, with a spotlight on this year’s delighted winners and the new culinary trends in the world of French gastronomy.
Honour where honour is due: two new 3-starred restaurants, both in Paris, have been given the ultimate honour of seeing themselves recognised as France’s very best chefs: Alain Ducasse, at the Plaza Athénée, and Christian Le Squer, at the Le Cinq restaurant in the Hôtel George V.
“Naturality” and a humanist approach to food
With a menu based on the concept of “naturality” focusing on the trilogy of fish, vegetables and grains, Alain Ducasse has won Michelin’s top award, while Christian le Squer won over the Michelin Guide judges with his gastronomic French cuisine, which is both light and generous.
Cuisine based on balance, health and natural ingredients is obviously a winning formula for chefs in 2016, with Sylvestre Wahid at the Hôtel Thoumieux (Paris) being awarded 2 stars just six months after taking over from Jean-François Piège as head chef. Meanwhile, the latter, now at the helm in his own restaurant in Paris, “Le Grand Restaurant”, has also been awarded 2 stars.
La Grande Maison, Bordeaux awarded 2 stars
A number of well-established restaurants in the French regions have also been awarded 2 stars, including “La Grande Maison” opened by Joël Robuchon and Bernard Magrez in Bordeaux, which received its accolade just 10 months after opening. Also the recipient of 2 stars is chef Jean-Yves Schlinger, an up-and-coming star at the JY’S restaurant in Colmar, where he delights his Alsatian guests with delicious cuisine from around the world.
France is a magnet for foreign chefs, especially from Japan
Another interesting trend for 2016 is the notable presence of foreign chefs among the contingent of 1-star restaurants. This trend highlights the attraction of France in the world of haute cuisine, especially for Japanese chefs in the French capital who have won the lion’s share of awards this year. Such chefs include Shinsuke Nakatani (Nakatani restaurant), Hideki Nishi (Neige d'été restaurant) and Ryuji Teshima, who is better known as Teshi, (Pages restaurant).