Chef's retirement costs restaurant a star

PUBLICATION today of the 1993 Michelin Guide to Great Britain and Ireland marks the end of an era, with the demotion to two-star status of Le Gavroche.

The central London restaurant was first awarded three stars in 1982. Its proprietor, Albert Roux, had been one of only two chefs to boast three Michelin stars. The other was his brother, Michel, whose Waterside Inn at Bray, Berkshire, retains the three stars it won in 1986. Now Michel has been joined on three stars by Pierre Koffmann, of La Tante Claire in Chelsea, who is a former protege of the Roux brothers, having worked for them at Le Gavroche.

A spokesperson for Michelin said that since consistency was one of the guide's primary concerns, it was decided to withdraw one of Le Gavroche's stars to indicate the retirement of the proprietor from its day-to-day running.

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