The Michelin Guides paused their ratings last year due to the pandemic but next week they will return to several US cities including Chicago.
The Michelin Guide plays a key role in acknowledging the top restaurants around the world. The coveted Michelin stars are recognition chefs and their institutions strive for. Today they have become synonymous with the very best and there are few people that are unaware of the reverence they carry.
After delaying their announcements last fall due to the widespread effects the pandemic had on the industry, the Michel Guide yesterday announced their immediate return.
A statement on the Michelin Guide website revealed that a three-week “Still Serving” virtual series will “highlight the accomplishments of the industry’s most resilient stars, who, in the throws of the toughest year, are Still Serving.”
The esteemed French company will be honoring restaurants in Chicago, New York, and Washington D.C. virtually over the next three weeks. Chicago’s latest restaurants to be bestowed a Michelin Star will be announced from Sunday, April 25 – Friday, April 30 via the Michelin Guide Instagram page.
The rating process was finished by the end of 2020 but a decision was made to push the announcements back and allow more time for Michelin inspectors to visit restaurants that were just getting back on their feet.
There will also be categories such as the more affordable Bib Gourmand choices, the “Plates” which are selected but not starred, and, in addition to one, two, and three stars, for the first time in the U.S. there will be a new green-star category for sustainability which was first introduced in France.
In addition to Instagram, the new selections will be viewable on the Michelin Guide iOS app as they are announced. The app displays all Michelin-rated restaurants around the world.
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