Michelin Guide expands to Florida and awards stars to restaurants in Tampa, Miami, Orlando


TAMPA, Florida (WFLA) – The Michelin Guide, known for star honoring restaurants and chefs around the world, is coming to Florida in a new partnership with Visit Florida, the state’s tourism marketing company.

As the Michelin guide continues to expand to cities in the United States, the Sunshine State will feature three of its largest cities along with other iconic locations such as New York City, Chicago, and Los Angeles. For Florida, Miami, Orlando and Tampa will be the first three cities selected for the first tourism guide.

It is the fifth expansion of the guide in the United States

The Michelin Guide to Florida appears next year and awards coveted stars to restaurants in all three cities. The stars are given to restaurants in Tampa, Miami or Orlando based on a number of different factors such as the quality of the ingredients, taste, value and texture.

“The MICHELIN Guide inspectors look forward to discovering the world-class culinary landscape in Miami, Orlando and Tampa,” said Gwendal Poullennec, international director of Michelin Guides. “From the excitement and glamor of Miami to Orlando’s iconic attractions and the grandeur of the Tampa Gulf Coast, Florida’s gastronomy is unique, diverse and intriguing to locals and travelers around the world.”

Michelin has been awarding stars and producing tourist guides for tourism for more than 120 years, starting in France in 1904 and was founded by the French tire company Michelin. The Michelin Guide will work with Visit Tampa Bay, Visit Orlando and the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau to develop the Michelin Guide for Florida, according to a Michelin statement.

As part of the tourism guide produced by Michelin for Florida, the restaurants in the Michelin Guide are also accompanied by a “selection of exceptional hotels” compiled by Tablet Hotels, Michelin’s “hotel experts”.


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