Michelin Stuns Critics, Gives Ramsay 2nd Star

Vulgar chef's restaurant is only NY newbie to get coveted grade
By Caroline Zimmerman,  Newser User
Posted Oct 8, 2007 5:43 PM CDT
Chef Gordon Ramsay poses for the media in London in a Sept. 6, 2004 file photo. Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay was accused Tuesday, June 19, 2007, in a lawsuit of faking scenes for a new U.S.-based reality...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Michelin parted with NY critics today by branding 2 stars on Gordon Ramsay’s namesake restaurant, halting the ex-soccer player's recent ratings drop. Ramsay, known for his crude tongue, was the only newbie to take the double-star in Manhattan; none earned a coveted third. Michelin saved its biggest hit for Craft, owned by “Top Chef”-host Tom Colicchio, robbing it of its sole star.

Popular for his outbursts on the reality show "Hell's Kitchen," Ramsay gets little love from NY critics: His restaurant "is not a three-star Michelin restaurant, although I'm sure it was intended to be," gripes one writer. Others say Michelin misses the mark in NY, ignoring notables while heaping praise in Paris, where a record 10 restaurants get 3 stars, Bloomberg reports.