Michelin Guide recently held a live awards ceremony at Huntington Beach, California to announce new Michelin Star restaurants included in its first-ever all-California restaurant guide.
Recognizing the state’s culinary diversity and agricultural bounty, Michelin’s international director Gwendal Poullennec was all praises for the local restaurants, Eater reports.
“Our inspectors have been impressed with the way these chefs have been able to take local ingredients and use them in their own unique ways,” Poullennec was quoted as saying.
According to Poullennec, the guide would be available immediately online in English, Spanish, and Mandarin.
This year, the Red Guide awarded more stars to upscale dining establishments, with many European and Japanese restaurants getting a star or two. Among the most notable one-star awardees are restaurants Mori Sushi and Curtis Stone’s Maude.
It is worth noting, however, that no Southern California restaurant received three stars this year. Even fine dining restaurant Vespertine only managed to get two stars alongside previous winners Urasawa and Providence.
Mexican restaurant Taco Maria and sushi place HaNaRe, both from Orange County, got a star each. Fine dining restaurant Addison in San Diego also received a single star. Meanwhile, popular restaurants such as Bestia, Bavel, Republique, Felix, and those in the San Gabriel Valley were unfortunately left out.
The 2019 Michelin Guide California, which goes on sale on June 6th for $19.95, also failed to include any restaurants featuring Korean, Indian, Thai, or Filipino cuisine.
Check out the official list of new awardees below:
Orsa & Winston
Sushi Ginza Onodera