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Nothing gives champagne its fizz like a humble radish

Paris - Forget Beluga caviar, foie gras, smoked salmon or ortolan, the tiny bird that French gourmets put a napkin over their heads to eat so they can savour every last second of their unique aroma.

France Michelin Guide overshadowed by shock downgrade 

Paris - It is the annual event that has accomplished chefs quaking in their toques: Monday's 2020 edition of the Michelin restaurant guide for France reveals the winners and losers of its coveted ratings stars.

French court to rule on chef's 'cheddargate' row

Nterre - A Paris court will rule Tuesday on whether the Michelin restaurant guide must hand over its reasons for stripping a French chef of his third star, a move that could prove a watershed moment for the world of fine dining.

Artificial meat is now made in space, coming to a supermarket near you

New York - Creating meat from cells is no longer the realm of science fiction: a Russian cosmonaut did it aboard the International Space Station, and it is just a matter of time before these products arrive in supermarkets.

US sanctions leave bitter taste on French winegrowers' palates

Pommard - For French winegrowers in the Burgundy region, the new 25-percent US tariffs are leaving a bitter taste on the palate.But like it or not, they are caught up in a trade war they feel has nothing to do with them.

French chef cheesed off after losing Michelin star in Cheddar row

Annecy - Flamboyant French chef Marc Veyrat has railed against Michelin, demanding that his top restaurant be withdrawn from the guide, after telling AFP that its inspectors claimed he had used English Cheddar cheese in his souffle.

French farmers seek a pistachio bonanza

Marseille - Pistachios are a staple of the vaunted French aperitif, but the nuts come from thousands of miles away -- a situation a handful of farmers in the southern Provence region hope to change.

New fire at restaurant of French chef critical of 'yellow vests'

Toulouse - The restaurant of a Michelin-starred French chef was again targeted in a suspected arson attack on Wednesday, two weeks after it was set ablaze in what was thought to be retaliation for his public criticism of the "yellow vest" protest movement.

Top US court upholds California foie gras ban

Washington - The US Supreme Court upheld California's foie gras ban on Monday, ending a long legal battle between animal rights activists and defenders of the delicacy.

'Exceptional' white truffle sold for 85,000 euros

Alba - A rare 850 gramme white truffle was auctioned for 85,000 euros ($96,000) in the Italian region of Alba on Sunday, with the anonymous Hong Kong buyer paying nearly 30 times this year's market price for smaller nuggets.

French ham fans bring Hungarian pigs back from the brink

La Chapelle-du-bard - A breed of hairy Hungarian pig which had nearly disappeared in Europe is once again thriving in the hills of southeast France -- ironically thanks to ham lovers who have high hopes for the animal's famed fat.

Let them eat potatoes! Robuchon's recipe for the perfect mash

Paris - Mashed potatoes were to Joel Robuchon, the star French chef who died on Monday at 73, what a madeleine sponge cake dunked in tea was to novelist Marcel Proust: a powerful, sensuous reminder of his youth.

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