It is hard to imagine the pressure a chef who has been given 3 coveted stars in the Michelin dining guide for 20 straight years must feel. For the first time, a renowned chef is asking to be let off the hook. Sébastien Bras wants “to be allowed to cook excellent food away from the frenzy of star ratings and the anxiety over Michelin’s anonymous food judges.” Though the guide hasn’t promised to remove him, I can’t help hoping they do. It is a sad thing when a creator has their talent buried under the weight of expectation and judgement.

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