MICHELIN Guide to reveal which Tampa restaurants made the cut this June

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The first selection for the MICHELIN Guide Miami, Orlando and Tampa will be unveiled at 6:30pm on June 9 at The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes, according to a release. This honor will be bestowed upon several Tampa area gems. Which restaurants do you believe deserve to be included? Spots that have been thrust into the top tier conversation from That’s So Tampa readers include Rooster & The Till, Gangchu, Bern’s Steakhouse, Edison Food & Drink Lab, Pane Rustica, Counter Culture, On Swann, and Oak & Ola.

Local chefs will learn in real time whether their restaurants have earned MICHELIN Stars or the Bib Gourmand distinction. Sommelier of the Year and the Exceptional Cocktails Award also will be announced during the event on June 9.

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“We are so excited to let the world know just how special the culinary scene is in Miami, Orlando and Tampa,” said Gwendal Poullennec, International Director of the MICHELIN Guides. “The inspectors have found that the chefs and restaurant teams in these cities are delivering amazing meals and experiences to their patrons.”

Tampa restaurants added to The MICHELIN Guide

These Florida cities join the four MICHELIN Guides in the United States: New York City, Washington DC, Chicago and California. The MICHELIN Guide California was released in June 2019 as the country’s first statewide MICHELIN Guide. Last week, Toronto became the Guide’s sixth North American destination.

As an international mobility company, Michelin published its first “Red Guide” in the U.S. in 2005 with the New York City edition. 

Recognized globally for excellence and quality, the MICHELIN Guide offers a selection of world-class restaurants. The famous One, Two and Three Stars identify establishments serving exceptional cuisine rich in flavor and infused with the personality of a talented chef. Bib Gourmands are designations given to select restaurants that offer good quality food for good value – often known as personal favorites among the inspectors when dining on their own time. The MICHELIN Green Star awards restaurants at the forefront of their practices and committed to a more sustainable gastronomy.

The legacy began in 2005 in New York

The MICHELIN Guide remains a reliable companion for any traveler seeking a great meal. The guides were first published in France at the turn of the 20th century to encourage tire sales by giving practical advice to French motorists. Michelin’s inspectors still use the same criteria and manner of selection that were used by inspectors in the very beginning, now applied to Guides in more than 35 countries around the world.

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The Florida restaurant selections will join the MICHELIN Guide selection of hotels, which features the most unique and exciting places to stay in Washington and around the world. Visit the MICHELIN Guide website, or download the free app for iOS and Android, to book unforgettable hotels and make restaurant reservations through partners OpenTableResy and SevenRooms.

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