Michelin Guide Rolls Into Los Angeles and Las Vegas in 2008

Do not pass go. Do not collect $200. Michelin pulled out all stops today when they announced that not one, but TWO new cities in North America will join New York and San Francisco in their exclusive guide series. And what do these cities have in common? Stars! There are more movie stars living in L..A. than any other town, and I haven’t counted recently, but it seems like every star chef lately has opened a restaurant on the Strip. So what could be more fitting than than Michelin adding their two stars worth!

MICHELIN SELECTS TWO DESTINATIONS FOR 2008 – LOS ANGELES AND LAS VEGAS

LOS ANGELES (March 28, 2007) – Michelin announced today that it will expand its exclusive hotel and restaurant guide series in North America to include guides for Los Angeles and Las Vegas. The Michelin Guide Los Angeles 2008 and Michelin Guide Las Vegas 2008 are scheduled to arrive in stores November 2007. The Michelin Guide Los Angeles will cover hotels and restaurants in Beverly Hills, Hollywood, Westwood, Downtown, Santa Monica, Ventura Blvd. and Pasadena; the Michelin Guide Las Vegas will include Las Vegas Blvd. and Downtown, as well as areas east and west of the Strip.

For their debut in Los Angeles and Las Vegas, the Guides will provide a selection and rating, in all categories of comfort and prices, of area restaurants and hotels, in a reader-friendly layout made especially for the American market and its distinctive culinary and hotel landscape.

“These two cities offer residents and visitors alike an eclectic mix of restaurant options, with an amazing variety of cuisine choices from all over the world,? said Christian Delhaye, President Michelin Maps and Guides. “The inspectors have enjoyed getting a taste for these exciting, dynamic cities and discovering the restaurants that bring character and flavor to the region. In Los Angeles, these restaurants are found throughout the metro area, in the most popular parts of the city to off-the-beaten-path neighborhoods. In Las Vegas, however — as you might expect — the top restaurants are concentrated in a small geographic area.?

As part of its meticulous and highly confidential evaluation process, Michelin inspectors — both European and American — are currently conducting anonymous inspections in Los Angeles and Las Vegas restaurants and hotels. As with all Michelin Guide inspections, the process involves test meals or overnight stays at each establishment by Michelin inspectors, in order to assess the level and the consistency of the establishment. As with all of the Guides for all countries, inspectors pay all of their bills at restaurants and hotels and are all full-time Michelin employees.

The Michelin Guide offers a broad selection of hotels and restaurants in each price and comfort category, taking into account each country’s local environment. This rating is unique and consistent across all countries covered by the Michelin Guide. It is expressed in two ways:

A general listing in the Guide indicates “a quality restaurant that stands out from others? in the same category of comfort, definitely worth trying.

The star ratings are as follows:
• One star () indicates “a very good restaurant in its category,? a place offering cuisine prepared to a consistently high standard.
• Two stars () denote “excellent cooking, worth a detour,? skillfully and carefully crafted dishes of outstanding quality.
• Three stars reward () “exceptional cuisine, worth a special journey.? One always eats extremely well here, often superbly. Distinctive dishes are precisely executed, using superlative ingredients.

For more information, visit www.michelinguide.com.

By Vagablond’s Token Redhead.

Posted by Janice Nieder on March 29, 2007 in Food, Travel

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