Posted: Nov 26, 2019
Some chefs dream their whole lives of winning a Michelin star. But not Eo Yun-gwon.
The South Korean chef is reportedly suing Michelin for including his restaurant Ristorante Eo in their 2019 guide to Seoul, saying that he asked them not to.
He is taking action under a South Korean law against public insult, which is similar to American laws around libel and slander.
What’s the complaint?
On November 15, Eo announced on his Facebook page that he had lodged a public insult criminal complaint against Michelin Travel Partner in the Seoul Central District Prosecutor’s Office the same day.
“I have filed a criminal complaint against Michelin Guide’s behavior of forcibly listing [restaurants] against their will and without a clear criteria,” he wrote.
“Including my restaurant Eo in the corrupt book is a defamation against members of Eo and the fans. Like a ghost, they did not have a contact number and I was only able to get in touch through email. Although I clearly refused listing of my restaurant, they included it at their will this year as well.”
In particular, Eo takes issue with the way that Michelin, which is legendarily tight-lipped about its process, judges restaurants.
In another Facebook post, this one dated November 13, Eo wrote, “There are thousands of restaurants in Seoul that are on the same level or better and more honest than those listed on the Michelin guide. It is a sad joke that a mere 170 of them are representing Seoul.”
By Lilit Marcus and Jake Kwon
November 24, 2019
Source and Complete Article: CNN.com
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