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Michelin Stars: The Madness of Perfection and Too Poor for Posh School | TV review

12 March 2010 1:04 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

They're only cooking lunch – but for chefs, a Michelin star changes everything, writes Tim Dowling

'Exceptional cuisine, worth a special journey." That's what three Michelin stars means, according to the guidebook first published in France a century ago to help motorists locate petrol stations and find a place to eat while they were waiting to have a tyre changed.

We all know that even one star means a lot in terms of reputation, success and profit. In Michelin Stars: The Madness of Perfection (BBC2), food writer William Sitwell asked where the relentless drive to gain and maintain this particular badge of honour is taking the restaurant business.

He starts by visiting Marcus Wareing's restaurant at the Berkeley Hotel, where fish and chip soup is on the menu. Wareing already has two stars and wants a third, a quest that demands a 15-hour working day, constant innovation, and an obsessive attention to detail. »

- Tim Dowling

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The Culture Show | Crufts 2010 | Michelin Stars – The Madness of Perfection | Too Poor for Posh School? | Watch this

10 March 2010 10:45 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The Culture Show | Crufts 2010 | Michelin Stars – The Madness of Perfection | Too Poor for Posh School?

The Culture Show

7pm, BBC2

The latest series of the arts show draws to a close. Chatting with Andrew Graham-Dixon, Martin Scorsese discusses Shutter Island, his gothic new chiller about a detective who can't escape the past. Graham-Dixon also meets American conceptual artist Jenny Holzer as an exhibition of her work opens at the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art in Gateshead, while Tom Dyckhoff looks at life on housing estates. Plus, Jacques Peretti considers the art of the videogame.

Crufts 2010

7.30pm, More4

Clare Balding presents nightly highlights of the dog show from Birmingham's NEC Arena. In between thrilling VTs of dogs prancing and posing, she'll be discussing the serious side of dog-breeding with in-depth looks at puppy farming, status dogs and cross-breeding. Plus, there are choice moments from the agility and flyball competitions. Doggy run through tunnel. »

- Jonathan Wright, Julia Raeside, Martin Skegg, John Robinson

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