When the Michelin Red Guides for 2010 hit bookshelves last year, food critics worldwide had a field day. For the first time ever, a city other than Paris had amassed the most stars; those precious little gems inspectors out of Clermont-Ferrand bestow on restaurants to denote quality of food, wine and beverage service, dÃ©cor and myriad other elusive characteristics. Precious little gems that make or break careers and, in the case of more than one perfectionist French chef, drive some to commit suicide.
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The city in question, by the way, was Tokyo. A surprise in some epicure circles, where a staunch French food bias persists, but overall, no major shock. While a few notable food journalists went wild on the story, the Japanese were relatively calm in response. Those familiar with the culinary scene in Tokyo simply shrugged and nodded in agreement. Why should Paris always dominate the Michelin star process? Read the rest of this entry »