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RADIO FRANCE INTERNATIONALE: INSIDE PARIS’ 3-STAR RESTAURANTS

Logo: Michelin

A 2009 piece of long-form (20 min.) radio journalism, this feature for Rendezvous, a program on French culture, explores the Michelin Guide, the pioneering restaurant review publication. It’s influential — and some say, influenced.

The draft script is pasted below. You’ll notice some differences between my version and the one that aired. The editor took out some of the best jokes. :l

Click the link to hear the piece: The Myths and Mysteries of the Michelin Stars

RENDEZ-VOUS APRIL 16, 2009

MICHELIN GUIDE 10TH EDITION

ERIK CAMPANO

 

NARRATION IN BOLD IS RECORDED IN STUDIO

CHANGES TO FIRST DRAFT ARE UNDERLINED

MIXING NOTES

– ROMAN NUMERAL.ARABIC NUMERAL INDICATES AUDIO TITLES

– IF YOU NEED TO GO BACK TO THE SOUND IN THE ORIGINAL AUDIO, THE ROMAN NUMERAL INDICATES THE AUDIO FILE (PRECEDED BY CM) AND THE ARABIC NUMERAL INDICATES THE APPROXIMATE MARKER INSIDE THAT FILE.

– X“ DENOTES RAW AUDIO LENGTH WITHOUT INTERIOR CUTS

– … NOTATES A SUBSTANTIAL INTERIOR CUT IN THE RAW ACTUALITY

(XVI MUSIC UP A FEW SECONDS THEN FADE TO BED)

WHEN ANCIENT CAPTAINS WERE NAVIGATING THE OCEANS, THEY USED THE STARS AS THEIR GUIDE. AND WHEN MODERN FRENCH GOURMETS NAVIGATE THE COUNTRY LOOKING FOR THE BEST FOOD, THEY ALSO USE STARS – MICHELIN STARS. THAT IS, THE STARS THATMICHELIN INCLUDES IN ITS TRAVEL GUIDE BOOKS, PROBABLY THE MOST INFLUENTIAL RESTAURANT REVIEW SYSTEM IN THE WORLD.

(MUSIC UP FOR A FEW SECONDS AND DOWN TO BED)

I’M ERIK CAMPANO. THIS WEEK ON RENDEZ-VOUS: THE MICHELINGUIDE IS CELEBRATING ITS 100TH ANNIVERSARY, AND WE’LL USE THAT OCCASION TO LOOK AT THE IDIOSYNCRATIC CULTURE SURROUNDING THE MICHELIN STAR. THE COMPANY HAS A SECRETIVE PROCESS OF AWARDING THEM; CHEFS UNDERGO TURMOIL TO GET AND KEEP THEM; AND OUTSIDERS TELL STORIES OF RESTAURANT REVIEWERS GONE CORRUPT.

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