Los Angeles is getting a Michelin guide again, 9 years after the guide's director said people in LA are 'not real foodies'

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Los Angeles will once again have a Michelin guide, the company announced Tuesday, nine years after the guide's then-director said people in Los Angeles are "not real foodies."Advertisement

"With access to many of the world's best farms, food producers and vineyards, California cuisine is respected worldwide not only for the quality of its ingredients but also due to the creativity displayed by its chefs," Gwendal Poullennec, international director for the Michelin Guides, said in a press release.

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The Michelin guide's former director, Jean-Luc Naret, didn't have such kind words for California diners.

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Naret, the director at the time, blamed it on the people of Los Angeles.

"The people in Los Angeles are not real foodies," Naret told Esquire in 2010. "They are not too interested in eating well, but just into who goes to which restaurant and where they sit."

Michelin will announce the 2019 starred restaurants in the inaugural California Guide in the summer.Advertisement

The San Francisco Michelin Guide has been published each year since 2007.

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