Fausto Arrighi, editor of the Michelin guide for Italy, said that country's less-than-stellar performance in its latest issue can be blamed on a love affair its chefs are having with the glamorous life of television shows, conferences and competitions. The comments have generated an outcry in the Italian media and among such well-known chefs as Gianfranco Vissani, Gualtiero Marchesi and Fulvio Pierangelini, who said that Michelin's standards were "too bourgeois" to appreciate "chefs of individual character."

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