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Gault Millau

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Gault et Millau (French pronunciation: [ɡo e mijo]) is a French restaurant guide. It was founded by two restaurant critics, Henri Gault and Christian Millau in 1965.[1]

Points system


Gault Millau rates restaurants on a scale of 1 to 20, with 20 being the highest. Restaurants given below 10 points are rarely listed. The points are awarded based on the quality of the food, with comments about service, price or the atmosphere of the restaurant given separately. Based on this rating, high-ranking restaurants may display one to four toques. Gault Millau does not accept payment for listing restaurants.

Under its original authors and for many years after they left, Gault Millau never awarded a score of 20 points, under the argument that perfection is beyond the limitations of a normal human being. In 2004, two restaurants, both of chef Marc Veyrat, the Maison de Marc Veyrat (or L'Auberge de l'Eridan) in Veyrier-du-Lac near Annecy and La Ferme de Mon Père ("My Father's Farm") in Megève, received this score. In 2010 and 2011, Sergio Herman's Oud Sluis also received a score of 20/20. To some, this reflects a fall of standards in the guide after it changed from employing a permanent editorial and tasting staff to using local agents.[citation needed]

Differences with Michelin


There has been discussion about which guide is more important, the Michelin Guide or the Gault Millau. In the 1970s the Michelin's continued conservative support of traditional haute cuisine was challenged by the support of nouvelle cuisine by the Gault-Millau.[2] Michelin is more popular and therefore more influential, while Gault Millau has been considered more food-focused due to the main system being based purely on the quality of the food.[citation needed] Gault Millau has guides for various other countries, including Netherlands, Belgium & Luxembourg, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, and Poland.

French Chef of the Year


Chef of the Century


On its 20th anniversary in 1990 Paul Bocuse (restaurant « Paul Bocuse » in Collonges-au-Mont-d'Or, near Lyon), Frédy Girardet (« Restaurant de l’Hôtel de Ville » in Crissier, Suisse), Joël Robuchon (restaurant « Jamin » in Paris) were crowned « Chef of the Century » by Gault&Millau.

See also



  1. ^ Paul Levy (24 August 2017). "Christian Millau obituary". The Guardian. Retrieved 9 November 2021. In 1969, Christian Millau, who has died aged 88, founded with his business partner, Henri Gault, a monthly culinary magazine, Le Nouveau Guide Gault-Millau
  2. ^ Alex Hughes, Keith A. Reader. Encyclopedia of Contemporary French Culture - 1998 Page 467 "Michelin was long associated with the rich traditional style of la haute cuisine, to which the polemical embracing of nouvelle cuisine by the Guide Gault-Millau (founded in 1972) represented something of a riposte."
  3. ^ Jacques Mercier À la table des grands chefs en Belgique 2001 - Page 21 "Luigi Ciciriello est nommé "Chef de l'Année" Gault- Millau 2001."
  4. ^ "Le palmarès du Guide France 2014, gaultmillau.fr". Archived from the original on 2013-12-19. Retrieved 2013-12-18.
  5. ^ "'Alexandre Couillon, Cuisinier de l'Année 2017', fr.gaultmillau.com". Archived from the original on 2019-02-02. Retrieved 2017-06-14.