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After nearly a ten year hiatus, the Michelin Guide will return to LA as well as the entire state of California, the LA Times has reported.
“Michelin recognizes California as a booming culinary destination which is setting the dining trends for the future,” International Director Gwendal Poullennec said. A statewide edition “will enable Michelin to extend its reach to new areas, and in doing so engage with a broader audience of foodies who love the high-quality, laid-back dining scene.”
LA is famed for its diverse dining scene, beloved by late restaurant critic Jonathan Gold. A swell of Michelin starred chefs have turned also their energies to LA in the past year with the likes of Daniel Humm setting up shop with Nomad, David Chang opening the long-awaited Majordomo, and Jean-Georges Vongerichten turning on the lights at swanky Jean-Georges at the Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills.
They join some hot contenders already under the rader in LA like Jose Andres Somni, Dave Beran's Dialogue, Jordan Kahn's Vespertine and Ludo Lefebvre's Trois Mec. Watch this space when it comes to critical allocation of stars in the famous red guide later in the year.
Los Angeles first guide came out in 2007 and only ever published two editions. It will be the first time an entire US state will be covered by the Michelin Guide, rather than a specific city, like existing US guides to San Francisco, New York, Chicago and Washington, D.C