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First Michelin Guide Toronto to publish in fall 2022


May 11, 2022
By Bakers Journal

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Toronto – Toronto restaurants and cafés will have a chance to earn prestigious Michelin Stars as the internationally recognized Michelin Guide comes to Canada and makes its first stop in the city.

Michelin and Destination Toronto announced they are expanding the internationally recognized dining guide. Toronto will be the first Canadian destination for the selection.

The first edition of the Toronto guide will be announced in fall 2022, with a selection of restaurants receiving honours. Inspectors award Michelin Stars – one, two or three – to “unparalleled” cuisine. They also bestow Bib Gourmand ratings on restaurants that offer great quality food at good prices, and they award the Michelin Green Star to restaurants involved in sustainable gastronomy.

“For the first time in its history, the Michelin Guide lands in Canada, and our inspectors are excited to experience the impressive culinary landscape of Toronto,” said Gwendal Poullennec, international director of the Michelin Guides.

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In order to present a full and independent selection in the fall, Michelin inspectors already have begun visiting restaurants in Toronto, the organization said in a news release. They will continue during the next few months. According to Michelin, the inspectors are meticulous in maintaining their anonymity. They make dining reservations anonymously and pay for all their meals to ensure they are treated the same as any other customer.

The Michelin Guide is constantly observing the evolution of culinary destinations around the world, and the discovery process began in Toronto four years ago. Michelin works with Destination Marketing Organizations, or tourism boards, to promote the travel industry in the respective locations; however, the selections process remains completely independent. While selections remain fully independently determined by Michelin inspectors, Michelin is working with Destination Toronto on marketing and promotion activities only.

The upcoming Michelin Guide Toronto selection will follow Michelin’s historical methodology, based on five universal criteria, to ensure each destination’s selection equity: 1) quality products; 2) the mastery of flavours; 3) the mastery of cooking techniques; 4) the personality of the chef in the cuisine; 5) consistency between each visit (each restaurant is inspected several times a year).

The new restaurant selections will join Michelin’s selection of extraordinary hotels in Toronto, curated by Tablet Hotels.