Michelin-starred restaurant manager smashes £ 1,500 bottle of champagne to smithereens


A shot of champagne! Michelin-starred restaurant manager smashes £ 1,500 15-liter bottle of champagne into a thousand pieces when he tries to open it with a SABER

  • The manager of the Michelin-starred restaurant tried to open a bottle of champagne
  • Using a technique developed by French cavalry officers, he struck him with a saber
  • Instead of the top of the bottle being elegantly cut off, it completely shattered
  • If done correctly, the stopper and a small ring of green glass are supposed to fly off










Hilarious footage captures the moment a Michelin-starred restaurant manager has an unfortunate accident while trying to open a bottle of champagne with a sword.

The video, filmed on New Years Eve, reportedly captured Michael Minnillo, managing director of French Laundry, attempting to dramatically open a £ 1,500 bottle of Billecart-Salmon brut.

Unfortunately, the bottle explodes dramatically. The San Francisco restaurant holds three Michelin stars and is recognized as one of the greatest restaurants in America.

Here, the manager of a three Michelin star restaurant attempts to open a 15 liter bottle of champagne using the sabage method popularized by French cavalry officers

Instead of removing the cork with a small ring of green glass, the bottle shattered

Instead of removing the cork with a small ring of green glass, the bottle shattered

Normally the 15 liter champagne bottle contains about 120 glasses

Normally the 15 liter champagne bottle contains about 120 glasses

In the little clip, the man believed to be Minnillo, is seen practicing the neck of the bottle.

After a few attempts to train the neck of the 15-liter Nebuchadnezzar bottle of champagne – which can toast 12 people – the manager hits its neck with a cavalry sword.

Traditionally, French cavalry officers used their saber to open a bottle of champagne by passing the blade along the seam and hitting the thick edge of the neck of the bottle.

When done correctly, the cork pops out from the top of the bottle in a dramatic fashion with a ring of green glass.

However, during this attempt, the giant bottle shattered, flooding the neighboring chefs with champagne.

The slight mistake left £ 1,500 worth of champagne on the floor of the award-winning restaurant

The slight mistake left £ 1,500 worth of champagne on the floor of the award-winning restaurant


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