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Gwendal Poullennec, director of the Michelin guide: “The chefs of France are still standing”

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Despite the health crisis, despite five months of closure in 2020 – sometimes more for some establishments – the Michelin guide has maintained the release of its 2021 edition, with its promoted and fallen. The guide’s director, Gwendal Poullennec, shares on France 24 the challenges and joys of a won bet, as well as his main motivation: to prepare for the day when restaurants will welcome, once again, lovers of gastronomy.

“The French gastronomic scene has never been so dynamic and diverse”, rejoices Gwendal Poullennec. This year, 638 tables were awarded the famous “Guide rouge” stars. Among them, there are 2 new two stars and 54 one star.

Only one restaurant has been promoted to three stars: Alexandre Mazzia, in Marseille. His cuisine is “a real journey that you have to enjoy by letting go”, believes Gwendal Poullenec, who himself had the chance to savor, – two days before this restaurant closed during the last confinement, the dishes of this chef. born in Congo.


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