By Angela Charlton in Paris
The bible of fine dining is awarding two of its treasured stars to Alain Senderens, a chef who grew so tired of the rigours of the Michelin rating system that he closed his top Paris restaurant to be free of them. He opened a simpler, cheaper eatery only to find it listed in the 2006 edition.
"I left this shallot race. I wanted to make another style of restaurant," Senderens said after learning of the honour. "I didn't want the stars anymore, but I can't do anything. Michelin says they give stars to whomever they want."