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Old 11-19-2007, 11:09 PM   #1
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Tokyo has unseated Paris as the world's culinary capital

Tokyo crowned world food capital

BEIJING, Nov. 20 -- Tokyo has unseated Paris as the world's culinary capital.

That's according to Michelin Guides, the French bible of gastronomy, which announced a Tokyo edition yesterday - its first outside Europe and the United States.

Michelin's Tokyo guide awarded 191 stars to 150 restaurants in the Japanese capital, the most number of stars awarded in any city. Previously, Paris had the most stars, at 65.

Eight restaurants in Tokyo, including two sushi eateries, received Michelin's highest three-star rating. But Paris can still claim to have the most top-rated restaurants, with 10.

Michelin also crowned 82-year-old Jiro Ono of Sukiyabashi Jiro sushi restaurant in central Tokyo as the world's oldest three-star chef.

"Tokyo is a shining star in the world of cuisine," Michelin Guides Director Jean-Luc Naret said after announcing the picks to gasps from hundreds of Japanese reporters. He declared Tokyo "the world leader in gourmet dining."

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