Monday, February 27, 2012

Michelin Names Its Newest Three Star

Today Michelin announced its latest restaurant ratings for France and there's a new three star in town: Flocons de Sel (Flakes of Salt), housed in a chalet in the mountains of Megève, in the Rhone-Alpes region of the southeast. Michelin calls Flocons de Sel "an indispensable destination for lovers of mountain scenery and fine cuisine." This newest addition brings the number of three-star restaurants in France to 26 but Japan still has the lead with a grand total of 32. There are just two three-stars in the Provence region: Le Petit Nice in Marseille and Le Louis XV in Monte Carlo. 

The new Guide Rouge also lists 83 restaurants in France with two stars (10 of them new), 485 with one star (58 new) and 124 new Bib Gourmand (good value) restaurants. Among the ten new two stars are two in Paris (Sur Mesure par Thierry Marx and L'Abeille) and two in Provence: Mirazur in Menton and Chantecler in the Negresco Hotel in Nice. 

The new Michelin Guide Rouge for France (in French only) will be in bookstores as of March 1st (2,016 pages, €24) and a free Michelin iPhone app is being offered (until March 31st) for each purchase of the book.  (The iPhone app, available in five languages, contains all restaurants and hotels listed in the 2012 Guide Rouge, searchable by city and name, along with customer comments, maps and more. Normally, it's €7.99.) To read the press release about the 2012 Guide Rouge, click here. To read the Flocons de Sel press release in French, click here. For a list of all the three-stars in France, Bloomberg has published that here. And for a list of all the three-stars worldwide, click here.

Meanwhile, bravo to Flocons de Sel chef Emmanuel Renaut for being named one of the very-top chefs in France


  1. Merci beaucoup, Julie! I will click the links and read more about this while I dine on a Trader Joe's Spinach Lasagna. :)
    But seriously, I love learning about dining possibilities in preparation for my future romantic, delicious vacation in France (of course using Starwood points!).

  2. Hi Julie
    By coincidence the American Club of the Riviera had their monthly outing to Mirazur last Saturday (after a splendid tour of the new Cocteau museum in Menton) and after lunch the charming chef, Mauro Colagreco, announced his new 2-star status to us. We love it there and go as often as we are in Menton. The views are splendid and, of course, so is the inventive food.
    Jackie, Cannes

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