6 California eateries received one MICHELIN Star for the first time

 Thursday, July 20, 2023

Six California eateries received one MICHELIN Star for the first time at the MICHELIN Guide Revelation July 18 at the Chabot Space & Science Center in Oakland.

MICHELIN’s release of the fifth edition of the MICHELIN Guide California included a total of 614 restaurants. That total includes 15 Green Stars awarded for leadership in sustainability practices. California is home to 15 of only 17 Green Stars in North America.

The California guide is a statewide edition of the acclaimed global restaurant guide, which includes the globally recognized star designations, as well as hundreds of Bib Gourmand and Plate recommendations.

Restaurants included in the new guide hail from dozens of cities across California, including Los Angeles, Santa Monica, West Hollywood, Beverly Hills, San Francisco, the San Francisco Peninsula, Oakland, Sacramento, Monterey, Santa Barbara, Napa Valley, Sonoma County, Palm Springs, Orange County and San Diego.

Among California’s distinctions:

•             Six new one-star distinction restaurants, located in San Francisco, Calistoga, Carmel-by-the Sea, Long Beach and Oceanside

•             10 new Bib Gourmand recipients, which recognize eateries for great food at a great value

•             Four new Green Star recipients, located in San Francisco, Long Beach, Oakland and Los Angeles

•             Special awards presented to:

–              Michelin Sommelier Award: John Haffey, Aubergine in Carmel-by-the-Sea

–              Michelin Exceptional Cocktails Award: Austin Hennelly, Kato in Los Angeles

–              Michelin Young Chef Award: Harrison Cheney, Sons & Daughters in San Francisco

–              Michelin Outstanding Service Award: John Schafer, SingleThread in Healdsburg

All restaurants were reviewed and awarded according to Michelin’s proprietary and independent inspection and selection process.

Caroline Beteta, President & CEO of Visit California, issued a statement today praising the restaurants and chefs, expressing appreciation for California’s trendsetting dining scene. She mentioned that the state has always been known for its legendary chefs, cutting-edge restaurants, and an abundance of local, fresh ingredients, showcasing a global flair that reflects its diverse culture. According to her, the inclusion of the MICHELIN Guide California further highlights this unique culinary culture and grants global recognition to each chef and restaurant featured.

Caroline Beteta also highlighted the diversity of dining experiences in California, ranging from three-star restaurants to Bib Gourmands, and the commendable Green Star restaurants leading in sustainable gastronomy. She emphasized that visitors from around the world have so much to experience and savor in the Golden State.

Image Credit: Visit California/Ellen Baker

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