Published 25 August 2021
by Josh Barrie
The Michelin Guide has announced a “new approach” to announcing its latest restaurant recommendations. Instead of relying wholly on its annual launch event, the guide will now publish some of its new additions on the last Wednesday of each month.
While new bibs, stars, and green stars will be retained for the ceremony proper, Michelin said it will feature hot new listings on its website and app, highlighting each entry with a ‘New’ symbol for easy identification. Restaurants will also be presented in more depth by way of monthly articles.
While no major awards will be revealed in this way, some (or all?) which are included may well go on to win bibs or stars, the guide said. We think it’s probably fair to say new restaurants added to the website stand a good chance of getting something. It would be pretty cut-throat of Michelin if not.
“They may even include some of these newly recommended restaurants, so follow the monthly releases closely and watch this space!”, read the announcement.
Gwendal Poullennec, Michelin’s international director, added: “By revealing some of the new additions made by our inspectors throughout the year, we further strengthen the ties that bind us to food lovers.
“Moreover, in a period that is still very complicated and in which the restaurant industry continues to face unprecedented challenges and uncertainties, we hope that these regular revelations and updates will provide opportunities to highlight the profession, and we invite everyone to discover and support the restaurants around them.”
This is an intriguing move by Michelin. It is no secret the guide is looking at ways of modernising and staying relevant in an ever-changing restaurant landscape. This is a good start.
SUMI, Notting Hill, London
Eleven, Ponteland, Northumberland
The Loch & The Tyne, Old Windsor, Berkshire
Big Jo, Hornsey, London
Native at Browns, Mayfair, London
Los Moros, York, Yorkshire and The Humber
The Shed by James Sommerin, Barry, Vale of Glamorgan, Wales