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Edam it! A cheese faux pas cost a chef one Michelin star

A furore over fromage in la belle France only adds to its cheesy reputation.

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Last Updated: Sep 28, 2019, 01.00 PM IST
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A father-son duo was arrested for conning five-star hotels in Mumbai. The two would eat and drink and make a run for it, without paying the bill. They aren’t the only people who have entered a life of crime with food as the focal point.
A father-son duo was arrested for conning five-star hotels in Mumbai. The two would eat and drink and make a run for it, without paying the bill. They aren’t the only people who have entered a life of crime with food as the focal point.
Charles de Gaulle once wondered how anyone could be expected to govern a nation which boasted 246 varieties of cheese. Now, fromage has become a source of friction between a celebrity French chef, Marc Veyrat, and the famous bible of gastronomy, the Michelin Guide, which demoted his restaurant from its three-star rating, the highest accolade awarded by the publication, to two-star status after one of its inspectors made a boo-boo.

The official mistakenly attributed the use of English cheddar — Brexit forbid! — instead of French reblochon, beaufort and tomme in the making of a cheese soufflé, and stripped the restaurant of one of its much-coveted stars. “I put saffron in it and the gentleman who came thought it was cheddar. It’s just crazy,” protested the distraught chef, and added that he was planning to sue Michelin for its solecism.

The purportedly cheese-paring economic measures adopted as part of an austerity drive have led to protests, often violent, by the so-called ‘Yellow Vest’ movement that has led to retraction of some of the more grievous causes of disaffection, presumably including the rising cost of camembert. However, those who concur with James Joyce’s description of the item in question as being “the decaying corpse of milk” might dismiss such tamashas as being no big cheez.

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