Chef Gordon Ramsay participates in National Geographic's "Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted" panel at the Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour on Tuesday, July 23, 2019, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Gordon Ramsay denounces chefs who snub Michelin guide honors

July 23, 2019 - 7:32 pm

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Gordon Ramsay has harsh words for chefs who reject Michelin stars.

The famously profane Ramsay used an expletive to describe giving back a star rating. He said the guide's mark of distinction belongs to a restaurant, not a chef.

It's an insult to Michelin and a mark against those who claim that stars impose fiscal and creative burdens on an eatery, the British celebrity chef said Tuesday.

Ramsay said a chef's failure to parlay the hard-won recognition into greater success is on them.

It pains him to see the accolade denounced because someone is "tired and bored" by it, Ramsay said. The stars are a useful consumer guide, he said.

Ramsay said he prizes the three Michelin stars, the top ranking, long held by his self-named London restaurant.

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