France gets 70 new starred restaurants in Michelin Guide

The Michelin Guide has awarded one or more of its coveted stars to 70 new restaurants in France

French chef Yannick Alleno who runs Le 1947

French chef Yannick Alleno who runs Le 1947 restaurant in Courchevel, gives a kiss to the Michelin Mascot known as Bibendum after being awarded three stars from the Michelin guide, Thursday, Feb.9, 2017 in Paris. One restaurant was newly awarded with the prestigious 3 stars this year. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena) (Credit: AP)

PARIS - (AP) -- The Michelin Guide has awarded one or more of its coveted stars to 70 new restaurants in France.

The only new three-star restaurant in the guide's 2017 edition is the "1947" at the Cheval Blanc hotel in the tony Alpine ski resort of Courchevel.

Michelin praised the establishment's chef, Yannick Alleno, for providing "a memorable experience" that "will seduce the palates of the world's finest gastronomes."

Alleno previously had three stars -- Michelin's highest recommendation -- for his cooking at the Pavillon Ledoyen restaurant in Paris.

The addition Thursday of 70 new starred restaurants -- the largest annual increase in the guide in the past decade -- means France now has 616 restaurants with one or more Michelin stars.

The 2017 guide goes on sale next Wednesday.

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