Jean-Luc Naret is the worldwide Director of Le Guide Michelin-truly the only go-to guide when it comes to rating restaurants. We caught up with him in San Francisco for a Q&A about Michelin’s quest for world restaurant guidebook domination:
John Curtas: In this time of instant gratification, text messaging and food bloggers, how does the Michelin Guide compete for the attention of the restaurant-going public?
Jean-Luc Naret: The more people paying attention to food and restaurants the better. It’s all good for gastronomy. We think that they will always end up coming to our guide because we hope we are thought of as the final word in restaurant ratings, and we certainly feel that we have the respect of the best chefs from around the world.
3131 Las Vegas Blvd. So.
Las Vegas, NV 89109
Wing Lei, at the Wynn, is the only Michelin-starred Chinese restaurant in America. Chef Richard Chen creates a menu that is fascinating (and manageable) whether you’re an Asian high-roller or someone who thinks sweet and sour pork is as exotic as it gets.
I’ve had two recent meals here-one a big deal, pull-out-all-the-stops one with John Mariani-the other anonymously-and both have been deeply flavorful and technically perfect.
The service is also some of the most polished in Vegas-and that’s really saying something.
Amazingly, I also found an Alsatian Tokay-Pinot Gris from Pierre Frick (’03) for $57 that went splendidly with the food. Has my friend-Danielle Price-uber-wino and Wynn Wine Director-heeded my entreaties and worked towards bringing affordable wines to the Wynn’s Murderer’s Row of restaurants? We’d like to think so, and thus are taking full credit for this fabulous Frick find….even if it isn’t deserved. ;-}
LOUIS’s Fish Camp
6599 Las Vegas Blvd.
Building P Suite 210
Las Vegas, NV 89119
We’ve already sung the praises of Louis Osteen’s low country cooking on these pages….but now you can watch us do so on this week’s Channel 8 Restaurant of the Week segment, seen every Friday on the KLAS TV Morning News, with my good buddies Denise Valdez and Dave McCann.
Listen for Dave’s revulsion at the very mention of a crab cake, and please know that it is my sworn and solemn duty to someday, somehow get the McCann Man to actually taste a piece of seafood on the air, and say that he likes it.