Exciting news for food-lovers everywhere, the Michelin Star team have announced their new winners for 2019! If you love gourmet food, then it’s the perfect time to reserve a booking at these famous restaurants whose reservation lists will be bursting for the rest of the year. If you are not familiar with top-tier restaurants you might be wondering what a Michelin Star is and why there is such a huge fuss made every year about the restaurants that receive a Michelin Star. Read on to find out about the dedication, passion and commitment that goes into a restaurant being awarded a coveted Michelin Star.
Michelin star guide: Driving for a good meal
The Michelin Star guide was first created 118 years ago to guide hungry French motorists to restaurants that served quality food. One star meant that the food was good and worth a stop, two stars meant that the restaurant justified a detour from your planned route to enjoy its exceptional food and three stars meant the food was so sublime that you should plan a special trip just to visit the restaurant!
2019 is a record year for michelin star restaurants
This year, 21 restaurants received the first Michelin Star and three restaurants received their second star. There were no three-star presentations. A notable entry to the list was Clare Smyth’s restaurant in Notting Hill, London that entered the Michelin Star list by incredibly received two stars, just one year after opening. Early in 2019, Clare was awarded the World’s Best Female Chef at the World’s 50 Best Restaurants awards.
African food is honoured
Despite people criticising the Michelin Star award for only being awarded to restaurants that represent a particular style of fine dining, a new restaurant that broke the mould and received a Michelin Star was a West African Restaurant – Ikoyi – in St James’s Market, London.
Another restaurant with an African influence – the famous JAN restaurant owned and run by South African Chef Jan Hendrik van der Westhuizen, – held onto their Michelin Star for the fourth year running! He celebrated on Instagram saying “Tonight I salute my team for supporting me in making sure everything we do is LEKKER!”
How the Michelin Star is awarded
JAN’s achievement is well-deserved because it’s one thing to receive a Michelin Star once, but to hold onto it year after year is a testament to consistently high levels of quality, service and dedication. Every year the Michelin Star’s anonymous team will arrive unannounced at a restaurant to evaluate it. There is no option that a restaurant ever has a ‘bad day’ as that could be the day the Michelin Star team arrives!
Where Michelin Stars are awarded
Michelin Stars are awarded to restaurants around the world. South Africa, despite having some highly acclaimed restaurants that feature in the world’s top 100 restaurants, don’t have a restaurant that has been awarded a Michelin Star.
The countries that are proud to feature the most number of Michelin 3-star restaurants are as follows:
- France: 27
- Japan: 25
- United States: 15
- Spain: 11
- Germany: 10
- Hong Kong and Macau: 10
- Italy: 10
- United Kingdom: 5
- Netherlands: 3
- Switzerland: 3
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