Michelin Guide Chicago Announces its Stars for 2014

Michelin Guide Chicago Announces its Stars for 2014

Michelin today announced its highly regarded star selections for the fourth edition of the MICHELIN Guide Chicago, which goes on sale tomorrow.

This year Michelin has awarded 25 Chicago area restaurants with stars for their high level of cuisine.

The ladies are looking good with Grace receiving an impressive two stars under the direction of its star chef Curtis Duffy.   Grace, located on West Randolph, is known for an elegant cuisine with a contemporary style that is both imaginative and innovative.  Another fine lady, Elizabeth adds some high-end flavor to the Andersonville neighborhood with its one star rating--its first in the four years that Michelin has been publishing the Chicago Guide.

Not too many chefs would close down a restaurant that has just received two stars but Graham Elliot says this is exactly what he's doing promising to close his namesake 2-star eatery at 217 West Huron this December 31...and then returning in the near future with something even better. Watch-out Alinea.

Alinea, Chicago's only three star recipient with super chef Grant Achatz at the helm is one of only a little over 100 restaurants around the world that can claim this prized distinction.  What's Next?

Michelin named four two star restaurants to its list with L20 returning again and Sixteen climbing the ranks from one star last year to two stars this year. Sixteen on the 16th Floor of Trump International Hotel & Tower® is known for Chef Thomas Lents' modern American cuisine, superlative service, and its outstanding views of Chicago's skyline.

In the one-star category, five restaurants earned their first stars this year, including El Ideas, The Lobby and North Pond, a local favorite where chef Bruce Sherman serves a truly imaginative American cuisine.  The fourth one-star restaurant, Senza, was selected for the artistry and finesse of their chef Noah Sandoval who is known for his healthy and gluten-free cuisine. Elizabeth, mentioned earlier, in the hands of the talented chef Iliana Regan rounds out the list of newly added one-star wonders.

Five criteria defined by Michelin are used by inspectors when selecting the winners. They are product quality, preparation and flavors, the chef's personality as revealed through his or her cuisine, value for money, and consistency over time and across the entire menu.

The MICHELIN Guide Chicago 2014 will go on sale Wednesday, Nov. 13 for $18.99. A total of 405 restaurants are included in the selection, spread throughout Chicago’s downtown neighborhoods and surrounding suburbs. Michelin inspectors embraced a total of 47 different cuisines this year, reflecting the tremendous diversity found across the region. For the complete list of starred Chicago eateries click here.

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