French celebrity chef Marc Veyrat quitting kitchen
Celebrity French chef Marc Veyrat, known for roaming the countryside seeking wild herbs for his top-of-the-range dishes, on Tuesday said he was closing his star establishment for the time being for medical reasons.
Veyrat, 58, said he was closing "La Maison de Marc Veyrat", better known as "L'Auberge de l'Eridan" near Annecy, rated in the top three-star category by France's gastronomic bible, the Michelin Guide.
"I am stopping work in Annecy because physically, I have to, following a serious ski accident three years ago," Veyrat said. The restaurant, he added, would be put on "stand-by" for the next few months and perhaps transformed.
The restaurant offers traditional dishes, lots of wild herbs and a little "molecular gastronomy", chemistry-inspired recipes that produce new textures such as emulsions in cuisine.
Veyrat opened the establishment in 1992 and won his third prestigious Michelin star in 1995.
A farmer's son, he has increasingly focussed on organic products and for several months has been working on setting up an ecological farmstead in Manigod, his native village in the French Alps.