On a comfortably breezy afternoon in sunny Southern California, MICHELIN, the French tire company – known for independently creating the only worldwide restaurant guide with strictly anonymous inspectors announced its coveted restaurant star selections for the inaugural 2019 MICHELIN Guide California, the first statewide Guide in the United States.
With an endless backdrop of bright, blue skies and the Pacific Ocean, chefs from around The Golden State gathered in anticipation for their names to be called in the one, two and three-star categories for the new MICHELIN Guide California which for the first time had inspectors venturing out to other parts of California besides the Bay Area to expand the existing San Francisco MICHELIN Guide which is released every fall.
With an abundant offering of dining options in California which has its benefit of plentiful fresh produce all year round, I have no doubt that the narrowing of restaurant choices for the Guide was a task at hand, but after the selections, over 660 restaurants are featured in this first edition Guide. These include the Bib Gourmands (Inspector’s favorites for good value), Michelin Plate (Good cooking, fresh ingredients, capably prepared: simply a good meal), 69 restaurants with one star (High quality cooking, worth a stop), 14 restaurants with two stars (Excellent cuisine, worth a detour) and seven restaurants with three stars (Exceptional cuisine, worth a special journey).
“California’s trendsetting, laid-back and health-conscious culinary scene continues to boom, and as a result is an amazing showcase for the great local produce.” – Gwendal Poullennec, international director of the MICHELIN Guides
Congratulations to all of the California restaurants who received the 2019 MICHELIN Star distinction:
The French Laundry
The Restaurant at Meadowood
Auberge du Soleil
Farmhouse Inn & Restaurant
Keiko à Nob Hill
Orsa & Winston
Sons & Daughters
The Village Pub