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First ever MICHELIN Guide to Florida launching in 2022

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Prestigious MICHELIN stars are coming to restaurants in the city of Tampa, in addition to spots in Orlando and Miami. MICHELIN announced its new partnership with VISIT FLORIDA on November 1.

“We’re thrilled to announce our partnership with VISIT FLORIDA and the launch of the first-ever MICHELIN Guide to Florida, covering restaurants in Miami, Orlando, and Tampa. This partnership pairs Visit Florida’s strength in tourism with Michelin’s 120-plus years of experience in gastronomy.” wrote MICHELIN representatives in release.

Their expansion into Florida represents The MICHELIN Guide’s fifth destination in the US after New York, Washington, DC, Chicago, and California. MICHELIN Guide inspectors will begin discovering and celebrating culinary gems across the state next year.

MICHELIN Stars coming to Tampa, Orlando and Miami restaurants

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

The inaugural edition of The MICHELIN Guide Miami, Orlando and Tampa will be announced next year.

“VISIT FLORIDA, along with our destination partners, Visit Orlando, Visit Tampa Bay and the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau, are thrilled to partner with Michelin to develop a MICHELIN Guide to further establish Florida as a world-renowned culinary destination,” said Dana Young, President and CEO of VISIT FLORIDA. “This gives Florida the opportunity to highlight the dynamic and unexpected culinary adventures the Sunshine State has to offer from locally-grown produce and fresh seafood to unique fusions from cultures around the world.”

The new restaurant selections will join MICHELIN’s selection of extraordinary hotels in Florida, curated by Tablet Hotels, the hotel experts at the MICHELIN Guide.

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