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Michelin Guide 2016 honours Plaza Athénée, Le Cinq

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Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2016-02-02

Celebrated chef Alain Ducasse reclaimed a third star for his restaurant at the Plaza Athénée hotel in Paris while Christian Le Squer won Michelin's coveted triple-star award for Le Cinq, his restaurant at the Four Seasons George V.

Two of Paris's ritziest dining establishments joined the select list of three-starred restaurants in the 2016 Michelin Guide, the little red book that confers the industry's highest gastronomic accolades.

The awards ceremony at Place Vendôme began with a minute of silence for three-star chef Benoît Violier, who was found dead on Sunday in his Swiss home of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot.

In bestowing the award, the guide's international director, Michael Ellis, said Ducasse's cuisine "offers an unprecedented marriage of flavours", adding that its ingenuity "shakes up the codes of haute gastronomy".

The 10 three-Michelin-star restaurants located in Paris:

Alain Ducasse at the Plaza Athénée (2016)

Le Cinq at the Four Seasons George V (Christian le Squer, 2016)

Alléno Paris, Pavillon Ledoyen (Yannick Alléno, 2015)

Epicure at the Bristol hotel (Eric Frechon, 2009)

L'Astrance (Pascal Barbot, 2007)

Le Pré Catelan (Frédéric Anton, 2007)

Guy Savoy (2002)

Pierre Gagnaire (1998)

L'Arpège (Alain Passard, 1996)

L'Ambroisie (Bernard Pacaud, 1988)

Three-starred restaurants in France's regions:

La Bouitte, at Saint-Martin de Belleville in Savoie (René et Maxime Meilleur, 2015)

L'Assiette Champenoise, at Tinqueux in the Marne region (Arnaud Lallement, 2014)

La Vague d'or, at Saint-Tropez in the Var (Arnaud Donckele, 2013)

Flocons de sel, at Megève in Haute-Savoie (Emmanuel Renaut, 2012)

Auberge du Vieux Puits, at Fontjoncouse in l'Aude (Gilles Goujon, 2010)

Le Petit Nice, in Marseille (Gérald Passédat, 2008)

Pic, at Valence in the Drôme region (Anne-Sophie Pic, 2007)

Lameloise, at Chagny in Saône-et-Loire (Eric Pras, 2007)

Régis et Jacques Marcon, at Saint-Bonnet-le-Froid in Haute-Loire (2005)

Bras, at Laguiole in l'Aveyron (Michel et Sébastien Bras, 1999)

Georges Blanc, at Vonnas in l'Ain (1981)

Les Prés d'Eugénie, at Eugénie-les-Bains in the Landes (Michel Guérard, 1977)

Troisgros, at Roanne in the Loire Valley (Michel Troisgros, 1968)

L'Auberge de l'Ill, at Illhaeusern in the Haut-Rhin (Marc Haeberlin, 1967)

Paul Bocuse, at Collonges-au-Mont-d'Or in the Rhône Valley (1965)

In Monaco:

Le Louis XV Alain Ducasse (1990; revoked in 1997 and reclaimed in 1998, revoked in 2001 and reclaimed in 2003)

(FRANCE 24 with AP and AFP)

Date created : 2016-02-01

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