Here’s some good news after a particularly trying (and frankly devastating) year in the hospitality industry: Michelin just announced its 2021 California winners after giving up The Golden State altogether last year.
And in a rather unexpected move, Michelin inspectors recognized a significant number of additions, even for the country’s first national guide. There are twenty-seven in total: five new restaurants in the two-star category, while a staggering twenty-two reached the one-star rating (many of which were promoted to New Discovery and Plate Award). Meanwhile, the three-star category restaurants have all retained their stars.
Addison House in San Diego, Birdsong in San Francisco, Hayato in Los Angeles, Mélisse in Santa Monica and Harbor House in Mendocino County are the new two-star recipients of the year. And rightly so: guests flock to Chef Matthew Kammerer’s Harbor House, whose kitchen features quality ingredients that are either picked or sourced from ultra-local suppliers. The entire operation of Chief Kammerer ultimately benefits the community as a whole.
So there is certainly a lot to celebrate.
Over the past eighteen months, restaurants of all kinds – family-owned, investor-backed and so on – have faced almost insurmountable trials that they never thought they would face. There were GoFundMe sites for establishments that were really struggling, there were distribution and supply issues, there was the need to navigate the ever-changing COVID-19 protocols, and even staff issues. have become a problem. At one point last year, it seemed difficult to see how it would all play out.
“Since the start of the global pandemic, inspectors have been sensitive to every market in the United States and have been in close contact with restaurants to stay informed of openings and closings, new menu changes, etc. Inspectors gradually returned to visits when it seemed appropriate based on the individual establishment and their situation, ”Michelin’s anonymous chief inspector said of this year’s judgment process. “The pandemic has affected all of us as former employees of the hospitality industry, of which we still feel a part. We approached this selection with the firm intention of showing our appreciation and gratitude for all the work accomplished during this period. For most chefs, cooking is an art. If chefs are unable to accommodate diners in their restaurants, they find another way to express their creativity. Restaurants are always open and there are new establishments to discover. The landscape is always interesting and dynamic.
And it’s dynamic. California, after all, is one of the best food states in the United States, a state that is held in high regard. It is also the only Michelin guide statewide. Another of the best things about this list is that it encompasses more types of cuisine than most of its counterparts in other parts of the world – or America, for that matter.
“The chefs have inspired us with their adaptability, resilience and creativity during the pandemic. The new openings have been successful and impressive despite the challenges of the past year and a half. Today more than ever, we believe it is worth celebrating their excellence, ”said Gwendal Poullennec, international director of the Michelin Guides. “As an international culinary destination and industry leader, California continues to impress inspectors with its commitment to sustainable dining and creative cuisine, we are thrilled to celebrate restaurant promotions that have improved their quality and consistency despite the challenges of the health crisis, and welcomes eight new entries in our selection at the star level.
The one star category is particularly exciting with the twenty-two additions.
Among them is Phenakite, which was hosted in Second Home, a member-only workspace. Thanks to Second Home, porridge + puffs chef Minh Phan was able to bring his concept Phenakite tasting menu to life in the midst of the pandemic – a shining example of the community spirit that shone throughout the pandemic. “Minh Phan is part of a movement of socially responsible entrepreneurs who are changing the way of doing business in America,” said Rohan Silva, CEO of Second Home. “Second Home exists to support creativity and entrepreneurship, and we are very proud to have incubated Phenakite and played a role in their well-deserved success.
And when Phenakite made the statement via email, the restaurant made it clear that while recognition is not necessary for Chef Phan, she understands what this kind of prestigious honor will mean in terms of universal recognition for her. and the hard work of his team.
As for the other recipients, they are more than delighted to have received such an award, an award that could totally change the trajectory of their careers and open new doors.
“This is huge. I am incredibly excited, honored and touched to be awarded this Michelin Star to Selby’s,” said Chef Mark Sullivan, who is the Executive Chef and Owner of Selby’s. “The star represents the most high form of recognition in our industry, and for Selby’s to win after all we’ve been through in the last eighteen months, this is the ray of sunshine the whole team needed here. already two other Michelin starred restaurants, we are very aware of the significant impact of this award on our business and we are very grateful to Michelin for its recognition and support.
At Bardiva, their hope is to take it to the next level: “It’s very exciting for us. We had such a crazy race last year, from my 40s to wildfires and everything, ”said Barndiva Chief Jordan Rosas. “But from there we built a strong team, all focused on one goal: to make people happy. I hope this accolade will attract more like-minded people to work alongside us so that we can build on what we have already achieved. “
To view the full list of California recipients, scroll to the bottom and to view this year’s Bib Gourmands, click here.
2021 Michelin Guide: California
THREE STARS (EXCEPTIONAL CUISINE, WORTH A SPECIAL TRIP)
Atelier Crenn, San Francisco
Benu, San Francisco
The French Laundry, Yountville
Manresa, Los Gatos
Quince, San Francisco
TWO STARS (EXCELLENT CUISINE, WORTH A VISIT)
Acquerello, San Francisco
Addison, San Diego (promotion of a Michelin star)
Birdsong, San Francisco (promotion of a Michelin star)
California, San Francisco
Campton Place, San Francisco
Coi, San Francisco
Hayato, Los Angeles (promotion of a Michelin star)
Harbor House, Mendocino County (promotion of one Michelin star)
Mélisse, Santa Monica (new two Michelin stars)
Sloth bear, San Francisco
n / naka, Los Angeles
Providence, Los Angeles
Season, San Francisco
Sushi Ginza Onodera, Los Angeles
Vespertine, Los Angeles
ONE STAR (HIGH QUALITY KITCHEN, WORTH A STOP)
Adega, San Jose (Plate Award promotion)
Al’s Place, San Francisco
Angler SF, San Francisco
Auberge du Soleil, Napa
Eggplant, Central Coast
Avery, San Francisco (Plate Award promotion)
Bar Crenn, San Francisco
Barndiva, Sonoma (Plate Award promotion)
Bell’s Restaurant, Los Alamos (promotion of New Discovery)
Bistro Na’s, Los Angeles
Chez TJ, mountain view
CUP, Los Angeles
Gary Danko, San Francisco
Gucci Osteria da Massimo Bottura, Los Angeles (new Michelin star)
Hana Re, Orange County
Young and Pretty, San Diego (new Michelin star)
Jū-Ni, San Francisco
Kali, Los Angeles
Kato, Los Angeles
Kin Khao, San Francisco (temporarily closed)
The Kitchen, Sacramento
Folding knife, Costa Mesa (promotion of New Discovery)
La Toque, Napa
Le Comptoir, Los Angeles
Madeira, Menlo Park
Marlena, San Francisco (promotion of New Discovery)
Maude, Los Angeles
Mister Jiu’s, San Francisco
Mori Sushi, Los Angeles
Morihiro, Los Angeles (new Michelin star)
Mourad, San Francisco
Niku Steakhouse, San Francisco (new Michelin star)
Bar Nozawa, Los Angeles
O ‘by Claude Le Tohic, San Francisco (new Michelin star)
Omakase, San Francisco
Orsa and Winston, Los Angeles
Osteria Mozza, Los Angeles
Pasjoli, Santa Monica (promotion of New Discovery)
Pasta | Bar, Los Angeles (promotion of New Discovery)
Phenakite, Los Angeles (promotion of New Discovery)
Plumed Horse, South Bay
Progress, San Francisco
Protected, Palo Alto
Q Sushi, Los Angeles
Rustic Canyon, Los Angeles
Selby’s, Atherton (promotion of New Discovery)
Shibumi, Los Angeles
Shin Sushi, Los Angeles
Six Test Kitchen, Paso Robles (Promotion of New Discovery)
Soichi, San Diego (promotion of New Discovery)
Sons and daughters, San Francisco
Sorrel, San Francisco
SPQR, San Francisco
Spruce, San Francisco
Arrangements for State Birds, San Francisco
Sushi | Bar Montecito, Santa Barbara (promotion of New Discovery)
Sushi I-Naba, Los Angeles (promotion of New Discovery)
Sushi Shin, Redwood City (new Michelin star)
Sushi Tadokoro, San Diego (promotion of New Discovery)
The Shota, San Francisco (new Michelin star)
Sushi Yoshizumi, Peninsula
Taco Maria, Orange County
Le Village Pub, Peninsula
Wako, San Francisco