It is the end of a year-long ‘war’ between Marc Veyrat and the Michelin Guide. The chef has announced that he is giving up his legal battle against the red guide.
In a press release, Marc Veyrat continues to maintain that “the stars are arbitrarily awarded” and that his demotion “testifies to the questionable procedures used by this publication to establish his reputation”.
In this same press release, the chef of La Maison des Bois (Manigod) justifies his remarks by taking the example of other large establishments recently demoted by the guide such as the restaurant Paul Bocuse at the start of the year. For him, it is a “communication strategy which consists of attacking the most famous big restaurants and cooks, as was already the case with Marc Haeberlin in Illhauesern, or Alain Dutournier in Paris, in the nake of the renewal of supposed elites, to make room for the next generations.”
Marc Veyrat ends by assuring that his “devotion to the cause of French haute cuisine and Savoyard agricultural heritage remains more than ever intact”. “History will judge,” he says.
As a reminder, in 2019 Marc Veyrat lost his third star awarded a year earlier by the Michelin Guide. Since then, the chef in the hat has been waging a media and legal battle against the red guide, convinced that the inspectors did not really come to his establishment or that if they did, they did not understand his cuisine.
After the case he brought against the Michelin Guide was dismissed by a Paris judge on December 31, Marc Veyrat had appealed the decision rendered on January 10, 2020. Today, the book to be finally closed.