I like to eat, eat, eat ooples and banaynays. I enjoy food, my husband and I love a good restaurant, we just went out to “Red the Steakhouse” for the first time this past weekend, and turns out the eating is good; expensive from a working class stand-point but good.
I had no IDEA what a Michelin Star was but, because I like to eat I came across an article on MSN about a gentleman that gave up his “Michelin Star.” Turns out that the Michelin Star is rewarded to renowned chefs that use only the best ingredients and implements the highest standards when creating food. It’s the highest honor and is ranked 1-3 by an anonymous reviewer. Quite the accomplishment!
The ranking however comes with a certain type of exclusivity. The chef is allowed to charge exorbitant prices that caters to the wealthy. A dish can run a person $130.00. Chump change if you’re affluent right?!
Needless to say Chef Brochot accepted the award and come to find out because of the costs he lost customers, money (apparently Michelin places stipulations on the pricing) and had to lay-off staff. The high prices were much too expensive for working class citizens. Thinking of his newfound economic situation Chef Brochot felt he had no choice and gave the star back – without the Michelin Star he could now still serve his favorite dishes but lower his prices in the interim.
As a result he has gained back his lost customer base and is back on track to be a thriving, successful taste maker that he was before winning the prestigious award. Chef Bochot had to go back to the drawing board and now I can keep him in mind should I visit France for a tasty helping of humble pie.
Now, I’d like to know which restaurants have ever given up the chance to don the “Michelin Star” to be a viable business. Should make for good eating.
xoxo, Label Me Posh by Kanesha Nikia