Why a French Chef Doesn’t Want His Michelin Stars
He can't stand the heat, but he does not want to get out of the kitchen.
Le Suquet restaurant, in southern France, has been awarded three stars in the Michelin guide every year for nearly two decades.
And chef Sébastian Bras would like to give them back, please and thank you.
In a Facebook Live this week, Bras requested that Le Suquet be excluded from future editions of the Michelin guide.
“We want to have free reign to continue our work in peace,” Bras said in the video, in French. “We want to breathe new life into our home."
“…I have asked Michelin to remove our restaurant from consideration for the 2018 guide, and to no longer honor us with the distinction of three stars," he added.
According to the Agence France-Presse, the Michelin group has taken note of the request — but withdrawal will not be “automatic,” as the guide is intended for customers, rather than chefs and restaurateurs.
Three stars is the “highest award” given to “superlative cooking” by the Michelin Guide. In the 2017 listing, Le Suquet is described as a “magical restaurant.”
And we can’t help but wonder – if the pressure of three stars is too much, would Bras prefer two stars, or even one?
Bras has been running Le Suquet since he took over the high-end restaurant from his father, Michel Bras, in 2009.
The restaurant is well known for its exuberant French dishes (like the gargouilou: a whimsical interpretation of a classic Auvergne recipe, with cauliflower stalks, Alpine fennel, nasturtium, endive, chickweed, clover, pink radish, ferns, and other varieties of shoots, leaves, and blossoms) and its cinematic setting, which provides panoramic views from the edge of a cliff.
Travelers wishing to dine at Le Suquet (even if it’s stripped of its Michelin stars) should head to Aveyron. The restaurant is part of a cozy 13-room bed and breakfast, surrounded by beautiful, aromatic gardens and unspoiled views of the French countryside.