German chef defends spaghetti over schnitzel

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18 November 2007, Rome (dpa) - Italy has still not digested the news this week that the latest edition of the prestigious restaurant Guide Michelin has ranked Germany second to France as the country with the highest number of top eateries. But one renowned German chef is defending Italian culinary pride. "What should I think? I'm not a food critic. I don't want to create controversy, after all I haven't lived in Germany for the past 13 years," Heinz Beck said in a newspaper interview published Saturday. He

18 November 2007

Rome (dpa) - Italy has still not digested the news this week that the latest edition of the prestigious restaurant Guide Michelin has ranked Germany second to France as the country with the highest number of top eateries.

But one renowned German chef is defending Italian culinary pride.

"What should I think? I'm not a food critic. I don't want to create controversy, after all I haven't lived in Germany for the past 13 years," Heinz Beck said in a newspaper interview published Saturday.

He was referring to the 2008 Guide Michelin for Germany that included nine restaurants in its top, three-star category.

The updated handbook 2007 edition for Italy lists five, a situation that has inspired headlines in Germany like "Schnitzel Outcooks Spaghetti".

Beck said he could vouch for just one of the three-star German restaurants, the Residenz Heinz Winkler in Aschau, as he has not eaten at any of the other eight.

"Top class German cooking, which is not traditional, has evidently improved greatly. However, in general I find Italian cooking superior to the German," Beck, who is chef at Rome's La Pergola restaurant, one of Italy's five, three star restaurants, told the Corriere della Sera daily.

The Guide Michelin, with their multilingual symbols, are issued country by country on different dates. The current Guide Michelin for top-scorer France gave 26 restaurants three stars. The joint Spain- and-Portugal volume honours six restaurants.

The 2008 edition for Italy is due out on November 27.

DPA

Subject: German news

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