Small-town French chef crushed by costs hands back Michelin star

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Jérôme Brochot, who runs a restaurant in the fading former mining Burgundy town of Montceau-les-Mines, has renounced his coveted Michelin star because what he calls the economic 'disaster' of the local region means he no longer has the turnover to pay for the personnel, produce and precision demanded of the award.

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It is like giving up your Nobel, rejecting your Oscar, pushing back on your Pulitzer: Jérôme Brochot, a renowned and refined chef, decided to turn in his Michelin star, reports The New York Times.