2 february 2016
At the beginning of February each year, the Michelin guide posts its changes to the previous year's classification. If you are a chef with one or more stars, a time of high drama. For the rest of the world, not such a big deal. This year the news was overshadowed by the minute’s silence paying respect to the French three-star chef Benoît Violier whose death was announced just before the changes. Aged just 44, his restaurant l’Hôtel de Ville in Crissier near Lausanne was at the height of its success. Designated best restaurant in the world by La Liste. We convey our respectful condolences to his family, and friends.
Closer to home in Burgundy -the big news from Michelin - Le Relais Bernard Loiseau in Saulieu, popped a star - down to just two - no pressure there then! On the way up, our congratulations to two thoroughly deserved newcomers both awarded one star - Maison des Cariatides in Dijon - on the basis of an outstanding 'no choice' 58e prix fix menu using fresh seasonal produce - perhaps there is something to learn there for extensive menus at 5 times the price! and Le Carmin in Beaune, which has also gained a star. Bravo.
Dijon the gastronomic capital of france
3 february 2016
Dijon's ambitious plan to become the new gastronomic capital of France moved a step closer this week - but still some way to go for the 250m euro project. Strongly supported by Francois Rebsamen, the Mayor of Dijon, formerly employment Minister, and right hand to President Hollande. Particulars of the public/private commercialisation of the scheme were disclosed. The proposed site of the former General Hospital on the perimeter of the southern entrance to the city, has been agreed to be transferred to developer Eiffage. The plan is to build 540 new apartments, cconstruct 90 new dwellings from the existing buildings, an 83 room 5* hotel to be run by Sources de Caudalies, an excellent and stylish hotel outside Bordeaux, a new cinema complex - oh yes - and a cooking school! - a total of 70,000 sq metres in an overall parc of 3.5 hectares. The majority of the financing comes from Eiffage - more details awaited!
THOMAS JEFFERSON VISITS GEVREY CHAMBERTIN
1 february 2016
On the occasion of his cultural journey through France in 1787 he stayed for 3 nights in Dijon, and visited the vineyards of Gevrey, preparing a sketch of the ancient wall enclosing the southern side of Clos St Jacques.