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Internationally Renowned MICHELIN Guide Arrives in the Nation’s Capital

Washington, D.C., becomes fourth U.S. destination for tire maker’s famous restaurant guide.

Michelin today announced that its famously anonymous inspectors have begun sampling the local fare in preparation for the first MICHELIN Guide Washington, D.C., to be published this fall.

The MICHELIN guide Washington will become the 29th edition of the international MICHELIN Guides collection and the first to cover an American city in the Mid-Atlantic region. With the addition of Washington, the MICHELIN guide inspectors will now evaluate and select restaurants  for four U.S. cities, also including New York, San Francisco and Chicago. Michelin’s highly-regarded restaurant guide promises to put the city more firmly on the world stage of great gastronomic destinations.

The new MICHELIN Guide Washington, D.C., will go on sale starting Oct. 13, 2016.

“I am elated to announce that the MICHELIN Guide will be a part of the extraordinary and eclectic food scene in America’s great capital,” said Michael Ellis, International Director of the MICHELIN guides. “Washington is one of the great cosmopolitan cities in the world, with a unique and storied past that includes, among so many other things, a rich culinary tradition that continues to evolve in exciting new directions.”

Ellis said the first edition of the MICHELIN Guide Washington, D.C., will include restaurants within the District’s boundaries exclusively; subsequent editions will expand to cover the greater metropolitan area.

Meticulous in maintaining their confidentiality, Michelin inspectors from the United States and other countries have been selecting restaurants in the District for several months. As always, they reserve anonymously, pay for all their meals, ensuring that they are treated the same as any other customer.

Of course, the Michelin Guide inspectors are famous for awarding stars to restaurants. However, they also recommend a broad selection of restaurants, including a list of Michelin inspectors’ favorites for good value called Bib Gourmand. For the frugal foodie, Michelin also publishes a list of great places to eat a full meal for $25 dollars or less.

"After Seoul, Singapore and Shanghai, Washington is the fourth city which we have added this year" Comments Claire Dorland-Clauzel, Michelin executive vice-president, brands and external relations. "This international development is a strong sign for gastronomy worldwide: thanks to the distinctions awarded each year, the MICHELIN guide contributes to the international culinary scene’s visibility and creates strong value to inhabitants and visitors.”

“With its rigorous methodology and its historical knowledge of the food and hospitality sectors, it offers to its customers a unique expertise and high value global service” concludes Claire Dorland-Clauzel.


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