Naret Unafraid of Chez Panisse Death Threats, Charles Phan Confused, and More Michelin Fallout
Not to beat a dead horse (too late!), but Feast submits one last parting shot from Michelin's Jean-Luc Naret regarding Chez Panisse falling off the list this year. "There's always a good reason to lose a star," he says, but he goes further to add that Alice is "a most talented chef" and she hasn't sent him any death threats yet. Watch below, as well as a bit from ABC 7 with Charles Phan and Melissa Perello.
And ABC 7's mustachio'd wonder Don Sanchez paid visits yesterday to newly Michelin starred chef Melissa Perello, as well as Charles Phan at The Slanted Door, who despite getting a Bib Gourmand nod appears confused about why Sanchez chose to interview him, given that he didn't receive a star. "But," he says, "that's OK," and obviously the Door will continue to do a brisk business.
Also, Eater puts together a Michelin map; and W. Blake Gray defends Michelin's vaulting of Japan's restaurants to three-star status and also says "bully for Michelin for pointing out... that Chez Panisse... isn't a good dining experience."
Michelin's Jean-Luc Naret Strips Chez Panisse, Feels No Remorse [Feast/NBC]
Earlier: Michelin 2011 Guide Released: Meadowood Rises to Three Stars, Chez Panisse Dissed [Grub Street]
Café Des Amis, Sons & Daughters Among Michelin’s 2011 Bib Gourmand Picks [Grub Street]