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Lutece celebrates a birthday: 25 years and still counting

$ "When Andre was ten, I was ill for three weeks. He did all of the cooking for his father, his brother and himself. Even pastries. I had never noticed that he was in the kitchen often, or that he watched or asked me questions and I never tried to teach him. But suddenly, he simply began to cook . . . Il est encore mon petit garcon."

-- Mimi Soltner, 78, in Guebwiller,

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Mrs. Soltner's little boy Andre is still cooking, and how! Now 53, he has spent almost half of his life in the kitchen of Lutece, the...

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