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Reflecting France’s skills and unique expertise in the art of cooking, the 2013 Guide Michelin, France features a new 3-star restaurant, La Vague d’Or, at Résidence de la Pinède in Saint-Tropez, where young chef Arnaud Donckele (ex-Guerard, Ducasse and assistant to Jean-Louis Nomicos at Lasserre) is creating a highly-personalized style of cuisine.
“Arnaud Donckele’s cuisine provides diners with a unique, unforgettable experience,” says Michael Ellis, International Director of the MICHELIN guides. “His fish dishes are highly original and he has personally sought out local producers to find the highest quality ingredients. Overall, he meets all the criteria for a third star.”
As further proof of the dynamism and very high quality of French gastronomy, the Michelin guide also includes 5 new restaurants: Yoann Conte in Veyrier-du-Lac and La Table du Kilimandjaro in Courchevel – both in the Savoy Alps – William Frachot in Dijon, La Marine in L’Herbaudière in the Vendée, and Auberge du Pont d’Acigné in Noyal-sur-Vilaine, Brittany.
There are also 39 new restaurants, for a total of 596 starred restaurants. The selection also includes 632 Bib Gourmand restaurants, of which 98 are newly chosen.
Always on the lookout for outstanding new restaurants, the guide’s inspectors travel throughout France. Every day, test all kinds of restaurants: brasseries, bistros and small eateries as well as truly outstanding establishments that serve all styles of cuisine: French, Italian, Asian, contemporary and traditional.
Dining anonymously like ordinary customers, they pay their own bills. But, as specialists in haute cuisine, evaluate each dish according to five criteria: product quality, the chef’s personality as revealed through his or her cuisine, preparation and flavors, value for money, and consistency over time and across the entire menu.
The inspectors’ extensive fieldwork has proven that French gourmet cuisine delivers consistent value. Today’s chefs prepare their products using authentic, time-tested methods and show more restraint in their dishes while deploying a cooking style that is both traditional and resolutely modern.
This consistent value is also reflected in the fact that French restaurants attract more and more foreign chefs, eager to master the secrets of France’s very high-quality cuisine. What’s more, these chefs often export France’s cooking style to other countries, thereby enhancing the prestige of French gastronomy around the world.
For more than a century, the MICHELIN guide collection has been committed to making life easier for travelers by providing them with a selection of the best restaurants, hotels and guesthouses around the world. Today, the 24 Michelin guides cover 23 countries on three continents.
487 one star Michelin 39 new
82 two stars 5 new
27 3-stars 1 new
Le New 3-star:
Saint-Tropez, La Vague d’Or / La Pinède, Arnaud Donckèle
The new 2-stars
Annecy/Restaurant Yoann Conte, Yoann Conte
Courchevel, La Table du Kilimandjaro, Nicolas Sale
Dijon, le Chapeau Rouge, William Frachot
Ile de Noirmoutier, La Marine, Alexandre Couillon
Rennes/Noyal sur Vilaine, Auberge du Pont d’Acigné, Sylvain Guillemot
The new 1-stars
Ansouis (84)La Closerie
Les Arcs (83) Le Relais des Moines
Beaune (21) Le Clos du Cèdre
Biarritz (64) L’Atelier
Biarritz (64) L’Impertinent
Biarritz/ Lac de Brindos (64) Château de Brindos
Boulogne-Billancourt (92) Ma Sa
Bourges (18) Le Cercle
Cancale (35) La Table de Breizh Café
Carcassonne (11) Michel Del Burgo
Cavaillon (84) Prévôt
Chambéry (73) Côté Marché
Chantilly (60) La Table du Connétable
Clermont-Ferrand / Chamalières (63) Radio
Courchevel / Courchevel 1850 (73) Le Kintessence
Crest (26) Kléber
Draguignan (83) Côté Rue
Èze-Bord-de-Mer (06) La Table de Patrick Raingeard
Fontainebleau (77) L’Axel
Gérardmer / Xonrupt-Longemer (88) Les Jardins de Sophie
Hendaye (64) Maison Eguiazabal – Le Bar à Vin
Manosque (04) Dominique Bucaille
Marseille (13) Michel – Brasserie des Catalans
Missillac (44) La Bretesche
Paris 1er La Dame de Pic
Paris 4e Le Sergent Recruteur
Paris 5e Itinéraires
Paris 8e 114, Faubourg
Paris 8e La Cuisine au Royal Monceau
Paris 8e Il Carpaccio
Paris 8e L’Instant d’Or
Saint-Donat-sur-l’Herbasse (26) Chartron
Saint-Jean-de-Luz (64) Zoko Moko
Saverne (67) Kasbür
Strasbourg (67) Gavroche
Tarascon (13) Méo
Tournus (71) Meulien
Tournus (71) Quartier Gourmand