FILE PHOTO: The portrait of French chef Paul Bocuse is seen during a press visit for the inauguration of the new restaurant-school of the Paul Bocuse Institut in Lyon, on November 7, 2013. REUTERS / Robert Pratta / File Photo
PARIS (Reuters) – The flagship restaurant of famous French chef Paul Bocuse, who died almost two years ago, has lost his coveted Michelin three-star rating for the first time in more than five decades.
Bocuse combined a passion for food with a nose for his own publicity that brought him fame and fortune beyond his native France.
“Although we are upset by the inspectors’ judgment, there is one thing we never want to lose, and that is Paul’s soul,” the Bocuse family and their restaurant said in a statement.
L’Auberge du Pont de Collonges, near Lyon, in the gastronomic southeast of France, was the nerve center of his culinary empire and originally belonged to his father.
Chef Bocuse d’Or’s organization said on Twitter that it offered its “unwavering support to” Maison Bocuse “after the retirement of its third star.
L’Auberge du Pont de Collonges acquired its first Michelin star in 1961 when Bocuse was helping his father build the business. After the death of his father, he took him to the category of three stars in 1965.
The Michelin Guide has awarded the restaurant two stars in its 2020 guide, the Bocuse family said.
The representatives of the guide said the restaurant was still “excellent, but no longer at the three-star level.”
Reports by Richard Lough and Matthieu Protard; Edition by Alison Williams