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As another year of frenetic Michelin Guide activity comes to a close, it's helpful to reflect on what occured in 2016 and all the stars that rained down on some of the best eateries on the planet.
Four cities – Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore and Washington, D.C. – welcomed the Red Guide for the first time, while Michelin's controversial foray into the world of street food continued. San Francisco now has as many three star restaurants as New York, Tokyo again demonstrated why it's the most decorated city on the Michelin map, and the stars aligned for Britain and Ireland's restaurant scene. What's more, Shanghai now boasts the world's cheapest two star restaurant, where a lunch of superior dim sum will cost you just $7.
See all the main news from a year of Michelin Guides below and click through to see the full lists.
The Year in Michelin: 20 Michelin Guides
Belgium and Luxembourg
News: Mosconi in Luxembourg City regains its second star and Belgium gets nine new one star restaurants, but no new three stars.
Tête à Tête/Rubens Kato
News: As Brazil's culinary scene continues to excite, Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo get the Michelin treatment in the second Guide to the country, with Alex Atala's D.O.M. retaining its two stars.
News: Two new two star restaurants,Tru and Oriole, while the city's two three star restaurants, Grace and Alinea, retain their stars. The Midwest city also gains four new one star restaurants.
News: The grandaddy of Guides featured two new three star restarants this year and 600 starred-restaurants in total.
News: Three new restaurants claimed their second Michelin star – Rutz in Berlin, Opus V in Mannheim and Geisels Werneckhof in Munich – while there were 28 new one star restaurants. No new three stars, however.
Great Britain and Ireland
News: One new two star and 18 new one star restuarants, with The Fat Duck in Bray regaining its three star status after being closed for refurbishments.
News: Italy now boasts an impressive 343 stars, including five new two stars and 27 new one stars in this year's guide.
Hong Kong and Macau
News: 12 newly starred restaurants – joining the two star club are Kashiwaya and Ta Vie in Hong Kong, and Feng Wei Ju and Mizumi in Macau. All eight three star restaurants maintained their status.
Kyoto and Osaka
News: Two Japanese restaurants in Kyoto, Ifuki and Noguch, gained their second star, while the number of three star resturants in the region dropped from 11 to 10.
News: One new two star and four new one star restaurants, with Château Neercanne receiving a special award, having held one star for 60 years.
Dishes at Aska
News: Fredrik Berselius’s Aska goes straight in at two stars in the leaked guide, though no new three star ratings were awarded. 10 restaurants gained their first star.
News: San Francisco now has six three star restaurants, as many as New York, with seven two star restaurants and 41 one stars – 54 in total.
News: The inaugural Guide to Seoul saw two restaurants, Gaon and La Yeon, gain three stars, with 24 restaurants gaining stars overall.
Chef Jie Ming Jian at Canton 8
News: 26 restaurants were awarded stars in the first ever Guide to the Chinese city, with T'ang Court going straight in at three stars. The world's cheapest two star restaurant, Canton 8, where lunch will set you back as little as $7, can be found in Shanghai.
News: Joël Robuchon, the chef with more Michelin stars than any other, picks up five stars and the only three star rating in the first ever Guide to Singapore.
Spain and Portugal
Dishes at Lasarte
News: Lasarte in Barcelona becomes Spain's newest three star restaurant, while Portugal gains two new two stars.
News: Two new two stars and 12 new one stars, though no new three star restaurants. Switzerland now has the highest number of Michelin stars per capita – 111 – in Europe.
News: The city with the most Michelin stars in the world saw two new one star restuarants and 16 new one stars join the party.
News: The city's first ever Michelin Guide features two, two star restaurants and 12 one stars, but no three stars.