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French chef Arnaud Lallement joins rank of three Michelin stars

Published on Feb 24, 2014 10:23 PM
 
French chef Arnaud Lallement (front), of the family-run L'Assiette Champenoise near Reims in north-eastern France who was bestowed three stars by the Michelin French gastronomic guide, poses with the guide's new laureates on Monday, Feb 24, 2014 in Paris. -- PHOTO: AFP

PARIS (AFP) - A chef from France's Champagne region whose restaurant offers 450 of the sparkling wines was on Monday admitted into the exclusive club of establishments with three Michelin stars.

Mr Arnaud Lallement, of the family-run L'Assiette Champenoise near Reims in north-eastern France, received a standing ovation from his fellow three-star chefs at a ceremony in Paris.

The chef was the only new addition to the top ranking in this year's France Michelin Guide, gastronomy's bible and restaurant-reviewing institution, which praised Lallement for his use of "ingredients of exceptional quality" and "recipes full of character".

Mr Lallement, 39, told AFP that his first reaction on hearing he had been awarded a third star was to think of his father Jean-Pierre who died at the age of 50 in 2002.

 
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