However, three restaurants Touraine restaurants have lost stars. Au Plaisir Gourmand in Chinon was no surprise as chef-owner Jean-Claude Rigollet has now retired and theis long established restaurant has shut. Château du Pray near Amboise has lost its star following the departure last year of chef Ludovic Laurenty, while in Amboise Le Choiseul has lost its star following chef Pacal Bouvier’s departure to Au Coin des Halles in Langeais.
Following the retirement last year of Jean Bardet there are now no two-star restaurants in Touraine. Quite why Jacky Dallais’s excellent La Promenade does not have at least two stars is beyond me and may say more about Michelin’s criteria that Jacky’s cooking and the restaurant’s excellent wine list.
Further east there are two new stars in Bourges: Le Piet -à-Terre, formerly in Châteaumeillant, and D'Antan Sancerrois (www.dantansancerrois.com/).