Michelin today announced its highly-anticipated restaurant star selections for the ninth edition of the MICHELIN guide San Francisco Bay Area & Wine Country.
This edition sees two restaurants ascend from two to three stars: Benu, where chef Corey Lee applies a combination of classic French technique along with American, various Asian and noticeable Korean flavors to produce
truly unique culinary creations, and Saison, whose kitchen, run by Chef Joshua Skenes, serves up breathtaking that evinces a clear respect for Japanese cuisine, combined with a mastery of NoCal culinary philosophy.
Napa Valley restaurants The French Laundry and The Restaurant at Meadowood maintain their three-star rank in the 2015 edition of the MICHELIN guide. No small achievement, given that just over 100 three-star restaurants exist worldwide.
“With two new three star restaurants recognized, this 2015 edition reflects Northern California’s remarkable gastronomic energy. The San Francisco Bay area is among the most exciting culinary scenes in the worlds. Californian chefs are mixing their exacting cooking techniques with superb local ingredients and culinary influences from all parts of the globe. The result is a rich, dynamic and unique dining scene,” said Michael ELLIS, international director of the MICHELIN Guides.
In the two-star category, the previously one-star restaurant Acquerello earns its second. Its Chef Suzette Gresham, well-known for refined, elegant Italian cuisine, becomes the third female chef in the U.S. to gain two stars in the MICHELIN guide.
One-star category newcomers include two high-quality San Francisco sushi establishments: Kusakabe and Maruya. After years at Sushi Ran in Sausalito, Chef Kusakabe brings his skills and artistic approach to his namesake restaurant in San Francisco. At Maruya, the traditional Edomae sushi is exquisite and best appreciated in the omakase menu at the counter.
Thanks to the rigorous MICHELIN guide selection process that is applied independently and
consistently around 24 countries, the MICHELIN guide has become an international benchmark in fine
dining. The selections of all restaurants in the guide are made by Michelin’s famously anonymous
inspectors who dine in the San Francisco area regularly. These local inspectors are trained to
scrupulously apply the same time-tested methods used by Michelin inspectors for many decades
throughout the world. This ensures a uniform, international standard of excellence. As a further
guarantee of complete objectivity, Michelin inspectors pay all their bills in full, and only the quality of
the cuisine is evaluated. To fully assess the quality of a restaurant, the inspectors apply five criteria
defined by Michelin: product quality, preparation and flavors, the chef’s personality as revealed
through his or her cuisine, value for money, and consistency over time and across the entire menu.
These objective criteria are respected by all MICHELIN guide inspectors, whether in Japan, the United
States, China or Europe. They guarantee a consistent selection so that a star restaurant as the same
value regardless of whether it is located in Paris, New York or Tokyo.
The MICHELIN guide San Francisco Bay Area & Wine country 2015 goes on sale Wednesday,
October 22, at a price of $18.99. A total of 474 restaurants are listed in this year’s guide, in which
46 different cuisines are represented.
To find out more about the MICHELIN guide, the MICHELIN guide inspectors and the history of the MICHELIN guide, visit www.michelintravel.com
San Francisco MICHELIN Guide 2015
Exceptional cuisine, worth a special journey
Benu, San Francisco
French Laundry (The), Yountville
Restaurant at Meadowood (The), St. Helena
Saison, San Francisco
Excellent cuisine, worth a detour
Acquerello, San Francisco
Atelier Crenn, San Francisco
Baumé, Palo Alto
Coi, San Francisco
Manresa, Los Gatos
Quince, San Francisco
A very good restaurant in its category
All Spice, San Mateo
Ame, San Francisco
Auberge du Soleil, Rutherford
Aziza, San Francisco
Boulevard, San Francisco
Campton Place, San Francisco
Chez TJ, Mountain View
Farmhouse Inn & Restaurant, Forestville
Gary Danko, San Francisco
Keiko à Nob Hill, San Francisco
Kusakabe, San Francisco
La Folie, San Francisco
La Toque, Napa
Luce, San Francisco
Madera, Menlo Park
Madrona Manor, Healdsburg
Maruya, San Francisco
Michael Mina, San Francisco
Plumed Horse, Saratoga
Sons & Daughters, San Francisco
SPQR, San Francisco
State Bird Provisions, San Francisco
Terra, St. Helena
Terrapin Creek, Bodega Bay
Village Pub (The), Woodside
Wakuriya, San Mateo