“I am amazed”: Big clap of thunder in the Luxembourg starry sky


LUXEMBOURG – Three restaurants lost their Michelin star on Monday. Among them, the Clairefontaine, which had been starred for 21 years.

Arnaud Magnier, chef of Clairefontaine, a Luxembourg culinary institution, remains confident in the future.

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“I am amazed. I have no explanation, because the feedback from our customers is very positive. These words are those of Arnaud Magnier, chef of the famous restaurant Clairefontaine, in Luxembourg, “starred for 21 years” and… until Monday. Before adding: “I remain confident in the future of Clairefontaine, I have received so many expressions of sympathy”.

With this loss, everyone in gastronomy in Luxembourg was shaken. Like the Clairefontaine, two other establishments in the capital, La Cristallerie and Les Jardins d’Anaïs, have also seen their stars slip away. To date, the country has seven starred restaurants, in addition to Ma langue sourit à Oetrange, the only one with two stars.

Two new

Because, among the good news, the Ryôdô, by Ryodo Kajiwara, elected Chef of the Year 2022, and La Villa de Camille et Julien, by Julien Lucas, both in the capital, have won the Grail of gastronomy. “It’s a total surprise,” said Julien Lucas. “We are very proud for the team and our loyal customers, even if I don’t know what made the difference”.

At the head of this establishment renowned for “working with the herbs of its own vegetable garden and putting the plant forward”, Julien Lucas “has no idea of ​​the impact that this star could have”, but he does not count in any not change its (good) habits: “We will continue as we have been doing since the beginning, with passion, and without increasing prices”. Finally, the winners unveiled on Monday revealed that eight Luxembourg restaurants made the list of Bib Gourmands, a circle that the Bistronome in Strassen joins.

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