By Associated Press - Monday, February 1, 2016

PARIS (AP) - Two of Paris’ ritziest dining establishments received the ultimate consecration Monday when they joined the select list of three-star restaurants in the 2016 Michelin Guide, the little red guide to the great and the good of French gastronomy.

Chef Alain Ducasse regained a third star for his restaurant inside the Plaza Athenee hotel, while Christian Le Squer gained a coveted triple star for Le Cinq, his restaurant in the George V hotel.

The awards ceremony on Paris’ chic Place Vendome began with a minute of silence for three-star chef Benoit Violier, who was found dead Sunday in his Swiss home of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot.

The guide’s international director, Michael Ellis, said Ducasse’s cuisine “offers an unprecedented marriage of flavors and shakes up the codes of haute gastronomy.”

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