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Another ‘Anti-Ranking’ Restaurant Awards Will Pass Judgment on London

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Michelin Guide, which part-owns Le Fooding, will compete with itself with a new restaurant award Paris photo: Shuttershock; Michelin Man: Michelin/Facebook; Photoshop: Esra Erol

A new restaurant anti-ranking is coming, apparently

Michelin and World’s 50 Best will have a new competitor, a new competitor in which Michelin has a 40 percent stake. Le Fooding, which launched in 2000 as an alternative to Michelin’s starry, starchy approach to classification, is launching Le Fooding’s Priceless Cities Best New Bistro Awards, which will be sponsored by Mastercard. It will focus on new openings, at a price point between €30-€100 per person, in London, Paris, New York, and Mexico City. A shortlist of three restaurants will be submitted to a public vote, too. This, and Le Fooding’s pedigree for finding genuinely interesting restaurants in Paris before they became globally acclaimed, offers hope that the awards will be interesting; whether or not a Michelin-backed, Mastercard-sponsored look at still rather expensive restaurants in four of the world’s most internationally-gawped-over food cities constitutes an “anti-ranking” is another matter. [Malay Mail]

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