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The Perfectionist:
Life and Death in Haute Cuisine

by Rudolph Chelminski

ISBN 1592402046 / 9781592402045 / 1-59240-204-6
Publisher Gotham
Language English
Edition Softcover
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A riveting behind-the-scenes look at the world of three-star French haute cuisine as revealed through the biography of one of Frances most celebrated chefs, The Perfectionist is an unforgettable portrait of Bernard Loiseau, and the sophisticated, unforgiving world of French gastronomy. Loiseau was one of only twenty-five French chefs to hold Europes highest culinary award, three stars in the Michelin Red Guide, and only the second chef to be personally awarded the Legion of Honor by a head of state. Despite such triumphs, he shocked the culinary world by taking his own life in February, 2003. One of the ratings for his restaurant had taken a disappointing drop, and rumors swirled that he was on the verge of losing a Michelin star (a prediction that proved to be inaccurate). Recounting his ascension to wealth and fame, Chelminski unravels the complex character of Loiseau while giving a fascinating, unvarnished glimpse inside an echelon filled with competition, culture wars, and impossibly high standards. [via]