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"Spellbinding" French Restaurant Hands Back Michelin Stars Because Of "Huge Pressure"

By Megan Cassidy

January 31, 2018 at 4:52pm


For the first time in its history, Michelin has accepted its stars back from a restaurant which no longer wants them. 

Le Suquet restaurant in South Central France, has been described as "spellbinding" and was awarded three stars in the prestigious Michelin Guides. 

However, chef Sebastien Bras has requested to withdraw from the guides as he no longer wanted the "huge pressure" associated with the honour. 

With just 27 restaurants in France holding the three-Michelin star rating - and many more vying desperately for the nod - the move from Bras is unprecedented. 

While many restaurants have been removed from the guides when they close or a chef retires, never before has a chef requested to withdraw. 

 Claire Dorland Clauzel of Michelin told AFP: “It is difficult for us to have a restaurant in the guide which does not wish to be in it." 

“It is the first time we have had a public withdrawal of this sort."

Bras announced his decision to withdraw from the guides in a Facebook video in September 2017. 

He said: “Today, at 46 years old, I want to give a new meaning to my life . . . and redefine what is essential.”

He added that he wanted to create food without stress, and “to offer a cuisine and service that represents that spirit and our land.”

The 2018 Michelin Guide, due to be published on Monday, will not include Bras' restaurant Le Suquet.

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