Michelin Guide France 2007, really out

Now Michelin news is really out. The official Press Release came out yesterday, pretty much confirming the news that was leaked by François Simon (and reported here) early this month. The only place that Simon was off was Hélène Darroze getting a third star, which turns out to not to be the case.

So, the official new three stars are the following:

L’Astrance, Pascal Barbot and Christophe Rohat
Le Meurice, Yannick Alléno
Le Pré Catelan, Frédéric Anton
Pic, Anne Sophie Pic
Lameloise, Jacques Lameloise (regained the third star they lost few years ago)

Jean-François Piège at Les Ambassadeurs, who missed the boat this time, was given a consolation price of being an ‘espoir’,
a new-ish designation from Michelin, given to chefs who are showing
great promises of breaking out of the two-star pack. Yannick was given
his espoir two years ago.

A really big congratulations has to go out to Pascal Barbot, whose tiny L’Astrance is deserving of every bit of accolades he’s got. And, to Michelin, who, in giving L’Astrance
the third star they are due, is perhaps finally proving to us that the
third star is truly about the food and the experience of eating it,
rather than the silver or the gilded chairs. Gone are the days that
the opulent old guards are guaranteed their continuous Three-Star
rating just for being grand.

And not to be forgotten is Pascal’s partner in crime Christophe
Rohat, without whom L’Astrance would not be the darling restaurant it
is today. Bravo to both of them. Bravo to all.

Oh, yes, and a Girl Power brava to Anne Sophie Pic, the 4th female chef in France in the world to have earned the 3 star rating. I have to make it to her restaurant one of these days.

If you want to read the entire press release, here it is.


edited to clarify:

Anne Sophie Pic is the fourth French women to have earned the coveted three stars from Michelin: the first two were Eugénie
Brazier and Marie Bourgeois in 1933, then Marguerite Bise in 1951. There are five others three Michelin star female chefs outside of France at the moment: Elena Arzak (who technically hasn’t gained her three stars as much as retaining the status after taking over from her father), Carme Ruscadella in Spain, Nadia Santini of Dal Pescatore, Luisa Marelli Valazza at Al Sorriso, and Annie Féolde at Enoteca Pinchiorri in Italy. Then there’s Ghislaine Arabian (Belgian) who once had three stars but is not currently cooking professionally.

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17 Responses to “Michelin Guide France 2007, really out

  • adrian said:
    February 21st, 2007 at 5:20am


  • Trig said:
    February 21st, 2007 at 9:52am

    Change is gradually coming and not too soon. Good news for Ann Sophie, joining the Italian women 3-star chefs.

  • Hande said:
    February 21st, 2007 at 12:25pm

    I thought the following women also have/had 3 Michelin stars: Eugéne Brazier; Marie Bourgeois; Marguerite Bise; Ghislain Arabian; Elena Arzak; Carme Ruscalleda;
    Nadia Santini; Annie Feolde; Maria Luisa Vallazza. That would make Anne Sophie number 10 (and I am not even counting some other Italian women cooking with their brothers/husbands and therefor not acknowledged). I guess I am wrong, but could you maybe name a reliable source for the michelin history (other than the books themselves, I can’t possibly buy them all! All the years and all the countries!)

  • Amanda said:
    February 22nd, 2007 at 7:05am

    When I called today, the first _lunch_ reservation available at L’Astrance was at the end of March, but I took it, and I was wondering if you have any hints about how to get nice treatment as a single diner at these kinds of fine French restaurants.

  • Laurent said:
    February 22nd, 2007 at 9:07pm

    So happy for Anne-Sophie and also for my hometown (Valence), that is also Jean-Francois Piege’s by the way, as Pic restaurant is one of its most famous landmarks. Anne-Sophie keeps the family saga alive (both her father and her grand father were awarded three stars) with an exciting and very personal style. Happy also that another self taught chef (like Roellinger or Bras) makes a difference.
    Congrats also to “Les Cedres” in Granges-Les-Beaumont for their second star.
    Pim – Not only should you pay a visit to Pic but also to the whole region around Valence. Lots of great places for wine and food lovers.

  • Thierry said:
    February 24th, 2007 at 9:24am

    It’s a very good thing for all the young chiefs in France that Pascal Barbot got his 3rd star at only 34. It’s quite a good signal for all young chiefs of the “Jeune Cuisine” as they call themselves.
    Even if, as usual, we may discuss some other choices of Le Michelin…

  • katrina said:
    February 25th, 2007 at 2:36pm

    hi pim! long-time lurker here… just wanted to make a comment about le meurice… i got pretty pleasant service…. although the overall dinner experience was totally unpleasant- no fault of the establishment, mind you. but the maitre d’ did something at the end of the dinner that totally humiliated me. basically- he pushed my chair before I was ready to stand up, in such a way that i construed it as a subtle way of saying “get out!” anyway…. not to ruin anyone’s good mood, but just thought of sharing this with everyone.
    btw, pim, thanks for sharing the coconut-free curry recipe. i got my mom interested and we’re gonna try cooking this!

  • katrina said:
    February 25th, 2007 at 2:39pm

    hey pim… thanks much! i used your cheap eats to paris guide when i went there last month, and i had a satisfying experience with the recommended eats that i got to visit. 5 thumbs up!

  • Jonathan said:
    March 11th, 2007 at 4:11pm

    About Le Meurice, in September of 2005, my partner and I went to celebrate his 45th birthday. The food was fine, the setting was — of course — gorgeous and the service was okay. But for a 700euro meal, the food should be better than “fine” and the service should be better than “okay”. I remember waiting for a good half hour (after the subtle signal that we were ready) to get our check and, by the time we got it, just wanting to get out!
    Not a place we feel rushed to get back to, but not necessarily a place we regret going to. It just should have been, somehow, “more”.
    Just my two cents.

  • Dr. Michael Lim The Travelling Gourmet said:
    March 12th, 2007 at 11:12am

    Anne Pic deserves her 3rd Michelin star. I dined at her restaurant, Maison Pic in Valence in September last year and I really enjoyed her yummy seafood and creative use of exotic ingredients like Tonka beans. I heard that my friend, Masterchef Philippe Legendre of le Cinq lost one Michelin star. They must be mad. Philippe is a great Chef and a wonderful gentleman. By The Travelling Gourmet Dr. Michael Lim

  • Robert-Gilles Martineau said:
    March 21st, 2007 at 2:45am

    Dear Pim!
    As a Frenchman, I have given up on Michelin. The only reason I would use it is for its “geogariphical help”!
    I understand it is big in North America and here in America, but I have been disappointed too many times. They even cost the life of a fellow Burgundian!
    Francois Simon and Gilles Pudlowski tend to be more reliable.
    A great source of information is the Saveur Magazine I make use of extensively when helpin my wife planning our trips to France.

  • julotlespinceaux said:
    June 20th, 2007 at 6:14am

    Hi Pim,
    Hi Robert-Gilles,
    I join you in congratulating Anne-Sophie Pic in Valence, and I would love to come with you if you eventually make it to her restaurant, as you say. I never went either.
    I disagree with the Michelin bashing in general (more on my blog on this matter). The guide is not innovative, but it is reliable.
    I am mostly surprised that Robert-Gilles attributes to the Michelin the death of a fellow Burgundian, who I can only suppose has the name of a bird.
    If we really want to blame someone, François Simon would be first on line, on the contrary, as it is his “leak” paper who really put Bernard on panic and full depression mode in those gloomy february days.

  • julotlespinceaux said:
    June 20th, 2007 at 6:22am

    I also believe Barbot and Rohan fully deserve their third star, even if I remain personally unmoved by l’Astrance (again, more extensive review on my blog).

  • Juliette said:
    June 22nd, 2007 at 9:29pm

    hm, i was really not too impressed bythe food at Le Pre Catalan when i went in october (at that time 2-starred), and that was even with somewhat VIP treatment since i went with my class from Lenotre. i wrote it up on my blog if anyone cares to see:

  • DocChuck said:
    March 4th, 2008 at 11:37am

    How sad to see my beloved Taillevent lose a star.
    I shall email condolences to my dear friend M. Vrinat immediately.

  • Michelin Guide said:
    March 16th, 2009 at 1:57pm

    See Michelin Guide for this year with complete list of starred restaurants awarded with Michelin Stars.
    Best restaurants of the world are only in The Michelin Guide.

  • agoodic said:
    March 23rd, 2010 at 1:11am

    I also believe Barbot and Rohan fully deserve their third star, even if I remain personally unmoved by l’Astrance (again, more extensive review on my blog).
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