While the debate wages on as to why Lucques, Jar or Craft weren't starred in the 2009 Michelin Los Angeles guide, Jean-Luc Naret tells Eater SF how a restaurant gains or loses a star: "Maybe a restaurant will lose a star because of a closure but we don't take away stars based on rumors or anything like that. It's always based on the past year's performance and what inspectors find on the plate...it's really because we couldn't find the right level of consistency. The star ratings are based on the result of the inspections and there's always a good reason to lose a star. But that doesn't mean that the star can't be earned next year." [ELA; ESF]
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