Photo Credit: The MICHELIN Guide

The Michelin Guide, the best-known, most prestigious and most experienced restaurant recognition system, which the Estonian tourism and food sector has been waiting for for years, has arrived in Estonia. The best restaurants in Estonia will receive Michelin Star(s) in May 2022.

Having MICHELIN in Estonia is a great recognition of Estonia’s restaurant landscape. It shows that the Estonian culinary scene, which is not yet well known in the world, has been enriched by a strong food tradition that takes influence from the best of world cuisine. Estonian master chefs are highly skilled, ensuring that the dishes offered in Estonian restaurants are special and of high quality.

Photo Credit: The MICHELIN Guide

Estonia has become the first of the Baltic countries to be included in the Michelin Guide.

The Michelin Guide now rates over 30,000 establishments in 37 territories across three continents. As of 2021, France has the highest number of Michelin-starred restaurants in the world – a whopping 632 of them. Japan is ranked second, with 413 restaurants, followed by Italy (363), Germany (305), and Spain (212). The most decorated chef by the Michelin Guide is the French chef Alain Ducasse, who in total holds 17 Michelin stars in his restaurants across the world.

Estonia has become the first of the Baltic countries to be included in the Michelin Guide. Finland has seven restaurants that have been awarded a star by Michelin. Sweden has a single three-star Michelin restaurant, four two-star restaurants and 14 one-star restaurants.

Gwendal Poullennec, International Director of the MICHELIN Guides said: “Since its first publication over 120 years ago, the MICHELIN Guide’s mission has remained unchanged: to share with gourmets and travellers the best places to dine. Estonia’s gastronomic scene – which is still somewhat unknown to most – is blessed with strong culinary traditions inspired by many different influences, but a new breed of forward-thinking chefs are now also applying a more modern approach to honouring their country’s culinary heritage. Estonia has been on our watch list for a long time, and our inspectors have been busy researching the best restaurants and scrutinizing its gastronomic scene. We are now eager to share our first MICHELIN Guide restaurant selection to Estonia with food-lovers everywhere.”

Photo Credit: The MICHELIN Guide


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