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Hedone in London - 1 Michelin star

Rating: 92. Let me start with a little introduction of Hedone - after all it's been more than four years since my last visit. Hedone is the restaurant of chef-patron Mikael Jonsson (b. 1966), who had previously had a successful career as a corporate lawyer in Sweden. In the years before opening his own restaurant he was well-known and respected for his foodblog Gastroville (2005-2011, now defunct)....
Category: Most Popular - Subcategory UK - London - 02-02-2017
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Gustav in Frankfurt - 1 Michelin star

Rating: 90. When Gustav opened its doors early 2015, they were an instant hit with the German restaurant guides. Within a year after opening, they won a Michelin star, they entered the Gault Millau Deutschland guide with a 16 out of 20 rating, and Gault Millau named head chef Jochim Busch "Discovery of the Year". Gustav is the second restaurant of restaurateur couple Matthias Schieber and Milica Tra...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategory Germany - Frankfurt - 31-01-2017
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De Lindehof near Eindhoven - 2 Michelin stars

Rating: 92. De Lindehof can be found just a few steps aways from Nuenen's reformed church, immortalised in paintings and drawings by Vincent van Gogh, most famously in his 1884 painting called "Congregation Leaving the Reformed Church in Nuenen", returned to the Van Gogh museum in 2016 after it had been stolen 14 years before. De Lindehof was opened by chef/owner Soenil Bahadoer (b.1967) ...
Category: Restaurants - 25-01-2017
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Elystan Street in London

Rating: 86. Last year London's Mayfair saw two veteran chefs leaving this very prestigious area: Phil Howard of the much-loved and celebrated The Square on Bruton Street, the longest running two Michelin-starred restaurant in London after Le Gavroche, and Claude Bosi of the equally loved and celebrated Hibiscus, also two Michelin stars, on Maddox Street. The Square is still open for business and ha...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategory UK - London - 19-01-2017
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Bolenius in Amsterdam - 1 Michelin star

Rating: 90. You need to revisit and re-review this restaurant. That's what Xavier, my husband, suggested to me last September, when he returned from lunch with a business partner at Bolenius in Amsterdam. Apparently things had changed a lot since our last visits in 2012, when I found the experience at Bolenius underwhelming. Next thing you know, Bolenius was awarded a Michelin star in the ...
Category: Restaurants, - Subcategory The Netherlands - Amsterdam - 18-01-2017
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My 15 Best Dishes of 2016

For Fenno (2002 - 2016), the best dog in the world MY 15 BEST DISHES OF 2016   Let me start with a summary of my year in gastronomy.   January  My first restaurant meal of the year was on January the 1st, at 45 Jermyn St. (Fortnum & Mason) in London. A disappointing meal, especially the main course of Steak with Café de Paris butter, the latte...
Category: Restaurants - 30-12-2016
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Blue Hill at Stone Barns in Pocantico Hills (New York)

Rating: 98. The term "farm to table" or the relatively new "farm to fork" has become a marketing term used for almost any restaurant with a vegetable patch or restaurants that buy local produce. I don't know exactly when this term was coined, although the New York Times already mentions a "farm to table plan" in a 1914 article. Marketing term aside, for me farm-to-table is ...
Category: Restaurants, - Subcategory U.S.A. - New York City - 15-12-2016
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StreetXO in London

Rating: 93. "Beware, all ye who enter here!": this was the last line of my 2014 review of David Muñoz' (b. 1980) three-star restaurant DiverXO in Madrid. Muñoz is one of the most innovative chefs of recent times, and dining at his funhouse restaurant doesn't leave anybody indifferent. Some experience shock, others experience awe, some experience love and others experience hat...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategory UK - London - 22-11-2016
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Eleven Madison Park in New York City - 3 Michelin stars

Rating: 92. Where in Europe Michelin is often criticised (and sometimes rightfully so) for being too cautious or too conservative when awarding or taking away stars, the Michelin team in the United States are quite the opposite. In the US guides it's not uncommon for a restaurant to debute with two Michelin stars, or for a second star to be taken from a restaurant that had been promoted just 2 year...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategories: 3 starsU.S.A. - 12-11-2016
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Auberge Jean & Marie in Amsterdam

Rating: 89. Auberge Jean & Marie is new restaurant and wine bar in Amsterdam by Jan Grijpeere (Jean) and Marije Bremer (Marie), which opened its doors in the lively "De Pijp" area in Amsterdam this summer. Before opening their own, partly crowdfunded, restaurant. Jan and Marije worked at Amsterdam hotspots like winebar Vyne, Bistrot Neuf and Guts & Glory. (courtesy of Jean & Mar...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategory The Netherlands - Amsterdam - 27-10-2016
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MIMI in New York City

Rating: 83. MIMI is a tiny, 27-seat bistro in New York City's Greenwich Village, opened in October 2015 by young restaurateurs Louis Levy (son of French novelist Marc Levy), Camille Deterre, and Daniel and Even Bennett. Behind the stove is 25-year-old Liz Johnson who's trained at Rene Redzepi's Noma in Copenhagen en David Chang's Má Pêche in New York City, amongst others.&n...
Category: Restaurants, - Subcategory U.S.A. - New York City - 28-09-2016
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Geranium in Copenhagen - 3 Michelin stars

Rating: 97. When Geranium was awarded a third Michelin star on the 24th of February 2016, the restaurant made history as it became Denmark's first three-star restaurant ever. Geranium is run and co-owned by Rasmus Kofoed (executive chef) and Søren Ledet (restaurant manager/sommelier), who originally opened the restaurant in 2007 in Copenhagen's Kongens Have (the King's Garden). In 2008 the ...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategories: 3 starsDenmark - 25-09-2016
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The Beehive in White Waltham

Rating: 89. The word "gastropub" has been so overused that it has fallen out of favour in recent years, but it's a marvellous word to describe the concept of restaurant quality food served in a pub. In fact, isn't this unique British phenomenon, which has been around since the early 90s, the forerunner of "bistronomie'' restaurants. When the bistronomie movement reached its...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategory UK - Berkshire - 05-09-2016
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Le Cinq in Paris - 3 Michelin stars

Rating: 98. Le Roi est mort, vive le Roi! Fine Dining is dead, long live Fine Dining. The past five years have been truly challenging for the fine dining industry. Faced with the new economic reality that gradually set in after the financial crisis of 2008, lots of restaurants have been tinkering about with a new-style fine dining concept. Numerous restaurants relaunched with more casual concepts, a...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategories: 3 starsFrance - 27-07-2016
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The Waterside Inn in Bray - 3 Michelin stars

Rating: 88. Britain's fine dining scene owes a lot to the Roux family or (dare I say) dynasty. For almost 50 years now, the Roux family have been a key contributor to gastronomy in Britain, first and foremost as patrons and chefs of two of the oldest and most distinguished Michelin starred restaurants in Britain. It all started in 1967, when brothers Albert and Michel Roux opened Le Gavroche in Lower Sloa...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategories: 3 starsUK - 19-07-2016
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Frenchie Covent Garden in London

Rating: 89. "Frenchie" was initially a nickname given to chef Greg Marchand by Jamie Oliver when he was working at Oliver's Fifteen in London in the mid 00's, but in 2009 it was adopted as the name of Marchand's instantly popular and famous bistro on 5 Rue de Nil in Paris. Six years on there's Frenchie Bar à Vins, Frenchie To Go (a sandwich shop), and Frenchie Caviste (a win...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategory UK - London - 12-07-2016
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l'Oustau de Baumanière in Les-Baux-de-Provence - 2 Michelin stars

Rating: 94. Baumanière is a family-run hotel located in Les-Baux-de-Provence, set right in the middle of the Alpilles, a rocky mountain range in Provence. The hotel is well-known for its unique location, but it's famous for being the home of the illustrious restaurant l'Oustau de Baumanière ("l'Oustau"). The hotel and restaurant were founded in 1945 by Raymond Thuillier (...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategory France - Other - 21-06-2016
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Mirazur in Menton, France - 2 Michelin stars

Rating: 97. When Mauro Colagreco (b.1976) opened his own restaurant back in 2006, the world of gastronomy was a different place altogether. El Bulli had just taken over the number 1 spot from The Fat Duck in the World's 50 Best Restaurants list; legendary French chefs Michel Bras and Marc Veyrat were still very much behind the pots in their restaurants, and things such as social media, food bloggers and...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategory France - Menton - 15-06-2016
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l'Ambroisie in Paris - 3 Michelin stars

Rating: 99. I've gone astray. When it comes to choosing food at a restaurant I've always had a preference for tasting menus. Firstly because I'm greedy, but more importantly, it will usually give you the most intense and broad experience in a restaurant; in some cases you did make that special journey after all. It also has to do with value for money and in countries such as Spain, the Netherlan...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategories: 3 starsFrance - 12-06-2016
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Neige d'Ete in Paris - 1 Michelin star

Rating: 88. Pages, Neige d'Été and Nakatani: these are three of the seven new one-star restaurants in Paris, all are run by Japanese chefs, and all three are serving modern French/neo-bistro cuisine. Apart from the Michelin star these restaurants also have a minimalist, mainly white decor in common, with tablecloths by the way (are they making a comeback?!). Neige d'Été, ...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategory France - Paris - 08-06-2016
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Epicure at Le Bristol (Eric Frechon) in Paris - 3 Michelin stars

Rating: 98. The name Oetker is usually associated with baking products and ready-made pizzas, that go under the name Dr. Oetker, part of the Oetker Group, a 120-year-old family business in Germany. The founder of the Oetker Group was Dr. August Oetker (hence Dr. Oetker), a pharmacist from Bielefeld, Germany, who developed a baking powder in 1893 and started selling it commercially for domestic purposes.&...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategories: 3 starsFrance - 30-05-2016
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Victor's Fine Dining by Cristian Bau (Schloss Berg) in Germany - 3 Michelins stars

Chefs and tattoos go together like steak and Béarnaise. German chef Christian Bau (b. 1971) is well-known for his two forearm tattoos, both tattooed in 2005, when he was awarded three Michelin stars for his restaurant Schloss Berg (now known as Victor's Fine Dining by Christian Bau). One arm features the classic "trois étoiles", and the other arm also features three s...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategories: 3 starsGermany - 23-05-2016
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Krug Clos du Mesnil - A Comprehensive Tasting 1979-2003

By Xavier Auerbach "To those of us gazing in from the outside in wide-eyed wonder, Krug is to Champagne as Domaine de la Romanée-Conti is to Burgundy and Pétrus is to Bordeaux. It possesses a grandeur, an otherwordliness, an amplitude that is as lofty as its mesospheric price. Krug's grand hierarchy of prestige begins at a higher price than any other in Champagne and ...
Category: Wine - Subcategory France - 10-04-2016
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BAK restaurant in Amsterdam

Rating: 89. BAK is a pop-up turned brick-and-mortar restaurant located on the 3rd floor of the 'Het Veem' theatre, a former warehouse sitting on the banks of the river IJ in Amsterdam's 'Westelijk Havengebied' area. The restaurant is owned by three friends, Benny Blisto (chef), Alessandro da Fies (restaurant manager/sommelier) and Piet Sanders, and they have been operating from this perman...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategory The Netherlands - Amsterdam - 02-04-2016
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Cheval Blanc in Basel, Switzerland - 3 Michelin stars

Rating: 95. Switzerland's newest three-star restaurant Cheval Blanc is housed in the Grand Hotel Les Trois Rois, located on the banks of the river Rhine in Basel. Les Trois Rois has a long and rich history. The first documented record of the hotel, then an inn, dates back to 1681 and their most illustrious guest probably was Napoleon Bonaparte in 1797. Over the centuries, the hotel has had many owner...
Category: Restaurants, - Subcategories: 3 starsSwitzerland - 24-03-2016
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Restaurant Sinne in Amsterdam - 1 Michelin star

Rating: 89. Situated on the busy Ceintuurbaan in the "De Pijp" area, Restaurant Sinne ("Sinne") is one of Amsterdam's fourteen Michelin starred restaurants (4 two-stars and 10 one-stars), and is owned by chef Alexander Ioannou and his wife Suzanne Sluijter. The couple opened the restaurant in October 2013 and thirteen months later, in November 2014 (2015 guide), Sinne was awarded ...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategory The Netherlands - Amsterdam - 16-03-2016
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Union des Grands Crus de Bordeaux - A Comparative Tasting of 2011 and 2013

By Xavier Auerbach  On 7 March 2016, I attended the evening session of the Amsterdam UGC tasting this year, which featured wines from both the 2013 and 2011 vintages. Below you will find my notes on the wines I tasted. There was little time, there were many friends and discussions were lively. By consequence, I have only some 40 notes and they are relatively brief. The overall picture th...
Category: Wine - 15-03-2016
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Michelin guide Main Cities of Europe 2016

This morning Michelin announced the results of the 2016 Main Cities of Europe guide. The most noteworthy countries in this guide are Austria, Chech Republic, Greece, Hungary, and Poland, all countries without their own Michelin guide.  In this 35th edition of the guide, Michelin has promoted three restaurants in Austria to two stars: Mraz & Sohn in Vienna, and Ikarus and Senns in Sal...
Category: Michelin, - 09-03-2016
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Coque in Humanes de Madrid - 2 Michelin stars

Rating: 92. Restaurante Coque in Humanes de Madrid, some 18 miles south of Madrid, is a third-generation family restaurant, currently run by three brothers. Mario Sandoval is the executive chef, Diego Sandoval the restaurant manager, and Rafael Sandoval serves as sommelier. The restaurant is named after the Sandoval brothers' grandfather, who opened the establishment (then a cafe) in 1949. Mario Sand...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategory Spain - Madrid - 27-02-2016
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Michelin Nordic guide 2016

Yesterday Michelin surprised fans and detractors alike by awarding not one but two restaurants a third star in the 2016 Nordic guide. Winners of this ultimate accolade are Maaemo in Oslo and Geranium in Copenhagen. Executive chef and co-owner of Maaemo is Esben Holmboe Bang (b. 1982 in Copenhagen), who opened the restaurant in 2010. Maaemo debuted with two Michelin stars in Michelin's 2012 Mai...
Category: Michelin - 25-02-2016
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Kaagman & Kortekaas in Amsterdam

Rating: 86. In september 2015 chef Giel Kaagman and sommelier Bram Kortekaas opened their eponymous bistro-style restaurant bang in the middle of the centre of Amsterdam, near De Nieuwe Kerk. The duo has gained experience in renowned restaurants in Amsterdam. Most recently they both worked at French restaurant Bordewijk and before the opening of the restaurant, Bram Kortekaas worked briefly at Rotisserie...
Category: Restaurants, - Subcategory The Netherlands - Amsterdam - 16-02-2016
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Alinea in Residence: Alinea Madrid

Rating: 92. Long ago, before the era of celebrity chefs and their restaurants, the only way to taste a famous chef's food, was to actually go to his restaurant and have a meal there. How things have changed. Nowadays you can go to exclusive "an evening with" events closer to your home. They tend to come at a price however - in Ferran Adria's case the privilege would have set you back a finan...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategories: 3 starsU.S.A.Spain - 11-02-2016
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Punto MX in Madrid, Spain - 1 Michelin star

Rating: 90. Pretty much everybody likes Mexican food. Generally speaking (ignoring the cheap and not so cheerful (chain) restaurants) Mexican cuisine is universally loved for its attractive ingredients and the tasty and hearty flavours. Taquerias and taco food trucks have become a cult hit in recent years and tacos are promising to be the New Ramen. The latest example of this trend, is perhaps the taco stand ...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategory Spain - Madrid - 05-02-2016
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Agata's in Dusseldorf, Germany - 1 Michelin star

Rating: 90. Düsseldorf currently has one two-star restaurant (the legendary Im Schiffchen) and seven one-star restaurants - not a huge number considering the city has a population of just below 600,000. Agata's is a restaurant named after its owner Agata Reul. The restaurant opened its doors in 2012 and the following year it was awarded a Michelin star (2014 guide). At the helm of the kitchen is...
Category: Menuknop 1 - Subcategory Germany - Dusseldorf - 03-02-2016
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Michelin guide France 2016

This morning Michelin announced the results of the 2016 guide for France. In the 2016 guide, Michelin has awarded a third star to Le Cinq at the illustrious Hôtel George V. Since October 2014, executive chef at Le Cinq has been Christian LeSquer, who previously held three stars for more than a decade at Le Pavillon Ledoyen in Paris. Michelin director Michael Ellis on Christian LeSquer...
Category: Michelin - 01-02-2016
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Restaurant Breda in Amsterdam

Rating: 91. Amsterdam is experiencing a restaurant boom. A couple of weeks ago Amsterdam's local newspaper Het Parool reported that the Amsterdam dining scene has grown by 27% in the past 5 years, and that the Dutch capital currently has now fewer than 4 new restaurant openings a week. As is inevitable with booms: There is the good and the bad, the great and the low and the just and the unjust (Al...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategory The Netherlands - Amsterdam - 22-01-2016
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The Dining Room at The Goring in London - 1 Michelin star

Rating: 91. In the latest edition of the Michelin guide for Great Britain & Ireland, The Dining Room at The Goring was awarded a Michelin star, the first star in the history of the hotel. The Goring Hotel was established by Otto Goring in 1910 and has been run by the Goring family ever since. The hotel is now managed by Jeremy Goring, the fourth generation. In 2011 The Goring became world-famous when th...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategory UK - London - 13-01-2016
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My Restaurants
London


Frenchie Covent Garden (2016)
Kitty Fisher's (2015/2016)
The Clove Club (2015/2016)
Noble Rot (2015/2016)
Taberna do Mercado (2015/2016)
Hoppers (2016)
Guinea Grill (2016)
Sosharu (2016)
Bonhams Restaurant (2015)
Fera at Clardiges (2014/2015)
Portland (2015)
The Ivy (2015)
Chez Bruce (2015)
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My Restaurants
UK


The Fat Duck (05/11/12/13/15/16)
Andre Garrett at Cliveden (2016)
The Beehive (2016)
Hind's Head (2011/2012/2016)
The Royal Oak (2011/2012/2016)
l'Enclume, Cartmel (2015)
Northcote Manor (2010/2015)
Midsummer House (2012/2014)
The Curlew, Bodiam (2013)
Nathan Outlaw (2011/2013)
Paul Ainsworth at No 6 (2011/2013)
Gidleigh Park (2008/2011/2013)
The Sportsman (2012)
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My Restaurants
Netherlands


Breda, Amsterdam (2016)
Choux, Amsterdam (2015/2016)
Kaagman & Kortekaas (2016)
Restaurant Sinne, Amsterdam (2016)
De Librije (07/09/10/11/12/13/14/15/16)
Gastrobar Indonesia, Ouderkerk (2016)
Sazanka, Amsterdam (2016)
Vork & Mes (2015/2016)
Chapeau!, Bloemendaal (13/14/15/16)
Rijks, Amsterdam (14/15/16)
Aan de Poel, Amstelveen (11/13/14/15/16)
Perceel, Capelle a/d IJssel (12/13/14/15)
&samhoud places (12/13/14/15)
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My Restaurants
Germany


Schloss Berg (2010/2013/2016)
Schanz, Piesport (2016)
Becker's, Trier (2016)
Bareiss (2014/2015)
Uberfahrt, Rottach-Egern (2013/2015)
Vendome (07/10/13/14)
Schwarzwaldstube (2007/2014)
Waldhotel Sonnora (03/09/13)
Aqua (2013)
Agata's, Dusseldorf (2015)
La Belle Epoque (2013)
Frank Rosin, Dorsten (2015)
Im Schiffchen, Dusseldorf (2015)
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My Restaurants
Other


Chevel Blanc, Basel (2016)
Tanja Grandits, Basel (2016)
Alinea Madrid (2016)
The Jane, Antwerp (2016)
Sacha, Madrid (2016)
Coque, Humanes de Madrid (2016)
Simon Taxacher, Kirchberg, Austria (2015)
Asador Etxebarri, Spain (2015)
Punto MX, Madrid (2016)
Martin Berasategui, Spain (2015)
Mugaritz, Spain (2015)
Akelarre, Spain (2015)
Elkano, Spain (2015)
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My Restaurants
France


Le Cinq, Paris (2016)
l'Ambroisie, Paris (2016)
Mirazur, Menton (2016)
Neige d'Ete, Paris (2016)
l'Oustau de Baumaneire, France (2016)
Maison Bras, France (2016)
Hexagone, Paris (2016)
Le Vague d'Or, St Tropez (2016)
Champeaux, Paris (2016)
Le Petit Nice, Marseille (2016)
Regis et Jacques Marcon (2016)
Ledoyen (2014)
l'Assiette Champenoise (2014)
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