The Michelin Guide reacts to Lionel Rigolet’s allegations: “Our inspectors have visited Comme Chez Soi fifteen times”

The news fell like a thunderclap for the Brussels restaurant industry. Comme chez Soi, an institution in the city’s gastronomic landscape, has lost a star.

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Lhe Michelin guide awarded Monday, during its star award ceremony at the Théâtre de Mons, its Young chef award to Ruben Christiaens, 25, of the restaurant “Vintage” in Kontich. The restaurant Comme chez Soi, located in Brussels, sees itself removing a star. It goes from two to one. A thunderclap for Brussels gastronomy. In the press, the head of the establishment Lionel Rigolet expressed his incomprehension.

Coming to question the methodology of the Michelin Guide: “We are assured that these are inspectors from abroad. Fine, but usually the inspector pays his bill and then shows up. Here, nothing for three years…”. Contacted by The Freethe director of selection in the Benelux was able to speak in return to these allegations.

“Over the past 5 years (and despite two years marked by covid), our inspectors have visited Comme Chez Soi fifteen times,” explains Werner Loens. I would like to remind you that we have the means and the sufficient number of inspectors to establish quality work, and that our methodology is identical for the 34 destinations in the world that we cover. Likewise, you only have to look at the diversity of restaurants that we have listed in our selection to understand that we do not favor a particular type of cuisine, to the detriment of other types of cuisine,” he concluded.

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