French chef Arnaud Lallement joins rank of three Michelin stars
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.