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Bangkok street-food chef says no to international cooking honour






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A street-food seller wants to give back a top international chef's award. The seller is known as the "crab omelet queen". Jai Fai, 72, has a street stall in the middle of Bangkok. Her crab omelets are so tasty that the international dining guide Michelin awarded her a Michelin Star. This is one of the highest awards a chef can get anywhere in the world. It usually only goes to chefs in top restaurants. Michelin said it would add Bangkok to its fine dining lists. Many people were surprised that a street-food seller in Bangkok got the Michelin Star.

Chefs are usually happy to get the Michelin Star, but Jai Fai said she is not so pleased. She wants to give the star back. Ms Fai said her life has changed too much and she wants her old life back. She said she does not like being famous because of the star. One reason is that many people are now around her stall. She is getting stressed. Tourists take photos, passers-by stop to watch her, and some tax officers visited her. Fai said: "Many people come just to look and take pictures and not necessarily to eat." She said happy customers are more important than "a million stars".

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