No, it’s not a joke! Sebastien Bras (his dad was the renowned chef of the French cuisine Michel Bras) asked to be excluded from the 2018 edition of the Michelin Guide. He has been running Le Suquet since ten years and he got the five stars in 1999.
Bras announced his decision last September 20th with a video
posted on his Facebook. The reason seems to be the high pressure. This is a real life choice made together with his wife Veronique which shows the preference for peace without renouncing to the excellence. The chef wants to point out that he will never stop caring about quality which will remain the main feature of his cuisine.