Andre Chiang And Other Michelin-Starred Chefs Who Returned Their Stars

Chef Andre Chiang shocked the dining world with an announcement that he will close his two-Michelin-starred Restaurant Andre on Feb 14.

He added in a letter sent in the wee hours that he wished to return his Michelin stars, and requested that his Taipei restaurant Raw not be included in the Michelin Guide should the guide launch a Taiwan edition.

The Michelin Guide bestows one star for very good cooking; two stars for a restaurant that is worth a detour while three stars are given for an exceptional restaurant that is a destination unto itself.

In Singapore, there are 30 one-Michelin-starred eateries, seven two-starred establishments including Restaurant Andre, and one three-star restaurant, Joel Robuchon Restaurant.

While Chef Andre is the first chef in Singapore to return his stars, he is not the first chef to give Michelin Guide the kiss-off.

This once-unthinkable practice has gained ground in recent years, as some high-profile chefs in Europe have rebelled against the gastronomic bible.

The pressure to chase and maintain Michelin-star status first hit the headlines in 2003. Well-known French chef Bernard Loiseau, 52, committed suicide by firing a shotgun into his mouth. There had been rumours in the French press that his restaurant, La Cote d’Or was about to lose one of its three Michelin stars.

Here is a look at some of the chefs who have opted out of the Michelin rat race.