The Michelin inspectors have been quietly dining around town recently, and it seems they like what they’ve found. Today it was announced that the Michelin Guide is coming to Vancouver.
The announcement follows just two months after a similar announcement for Toronto.
“Our inspectors are already exploring Vancouver,” says Gwendal Poullennec, International Director of the Michelin Guides. “They are eagerly diving into its wide variety of cuisines, prepared with high-quality products and served in warm, casual atmospheres.”
The Michelin Guide includes such world-class dining destinations as Japan, Iceland, Macau and France, Michelin’s country of origin.
What began in 1889 as a guidebook encouraging vehicle owners to explore the open road has since become a highly sought-after rating system that evaluates some of the world’s top restaurants.
“The fusion of flavours and cultures, influences from the Pacific Rim threaded through, and the abundance of the freshest ingredients from the ocean and land make the dining experience in Vancouver something very special,” said Royce Chwin, President & CEO, Destination Vancouver.
The rating system is simple. One star means “a very good restaurant in its category”. Two stars represent “excellent cooking” and “worth a detour”. Three stars are awarded only to “exceptional” cuisine that’s worth a special journey.
Just 18 countries currently have 3-star restaurants, with France and Japan tied for first place with 30 each. In third place is the USA with 13.
In addition to the 3-star system, Michelin recognizes high-quality food at affordable prices with the Bib Gourmand, which has included unassuming spots like Pho 79 in California and Katz’s Delicatessen in New York.
Which Vancouver restaurants will be the first to receive Michelin stars? We can’t wait to find out.
The first Canadian restaurants will be announced this fall.