If you were to eat at one Michelin-starred restaurant in France a day, starting today, you wouldn’t finish until the end of October next year. L’Assiette Champenoise, run by chef Arnaud Lallement, stands out from the crowd, however.
This week, his restaurant was the only one in France to be awarded a third star in the new Michelin guide.
He brings the total of three-star restaurants in France to 27.
He learned his trade as a child from his father, Jean-Pierre, who had been running the restaurant since 1975. At 22, Arnaud joined him in the family business. Within four years, he earned the restaurant its first Michelin star. Its second came four years later, in 2005.
L’Assiette Champenoise can be found in Tinqueux, three kilometres from Reims. The local champagne industry is reflected in the menu – and many of the dishes have been designed to be accompanied by champagne.
As you might expect, the experience doesn’t come cheaply – prices start at €68 for the seasonal menu and rise to €258 for the black truffle menu.
Michelin rewards restaurants against four criteria: the quality of the food, the chef’s expertise, the originality of the dishes and consistency throughout the meal and across the seasons.
A total of 79 restaurants in France now have two stars – including six added to the list this week – and 504 have one star, including 57 new ones.
If you were to take up the challenge of visiting each one, that would be a lot of fine dining.