Friday, November 30, 2007

The World's (New) Culinary Capital

I had blogged about Michelin's first venture Eastwards. But who could have guessed the result? Tokyo has unseated Paris as the world's culinary capital. Michelin's Tokyo guide awarded 191 stars to 150 restaurants in the Japanese capital, the most number of stars awarded in any city. Previously, Paris had the most stars, at 65.

Eight restaurants in received Michelin's highest three-star rating, and this included two sushi eateries. But Paris can still claim to have the most 3-star rated restaurants, with 10 (France overall has 26).

Michelin Comes to TokyoAt the press conference, Michelin also crowned 82-year-old Jiro Ono of Sukiyabashi Jiro sushi restaurant in central Tokyo the world's oldest three-star chef.

A team of three undercover European and two Japanese inspectors spent a year and a half visiting 1,500 of Tokyo's estimated 160,000 restaurants to decide on the ratings, according to Michelin. The famed guidebook series rates establishments on excellence in cooking, service, decor and upkeep.

Read more details here. This has certainly silenced all those who thought the French cannot be impartial when it comes to food!

Other Michelin posts in my blog:



9 comments:

Zhu said...

French usually like Japanese cuisine... ;)

Shantanu said...

@zhu: Ah! That explains it. :-)

foodette said...

WOW! 150 restaurants were starred? That sure makes LA look weak, huh? Well, thanks for the info. Guess I know where to go if I want some good food.

FriedClyde said...

Shantanu :) I visited your blog earlier as well, been here after a while.

I see some massive changes in the content, you seem to be focused on food now!

Not bad as I see a tremendous response to your articles. Keep it up!

Shantanu said...

@foodette: It certainly does; I was surprised with the number of stars. Actually, there were so many starred restaurants, that they only published the ones with stars in the guide.

@friedclyde: Yes, I have always been partial to food posts in this blog.

RennyBA said...

What an interesting post about The Michelin's list. There is one Norwegian restaurant in the book: Bagatel in Oslo (don't know how many stars they have).

Btw: Thanks again for your visits and comments - I do hope you'll make it to Europe again and also to Scandinavia :-)

www.terella.no

Vinu said...

sure go ahead use the pic. BTW you didn't leave me a email to reply back at ...

Shantanu said...

@rennyba: Certainly hope to travel to Scandinavia. I love snow, in addition to everything else. :-)

@vinu: Thanks, Vinu. I have replied to you via Flickrmail.

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