Toronto is the first Canadian city to have its own Michelin Star Guide. Mayor John Tory, Randy Boissonnault, Federal Tourism Minister and Gwendal Poullennec, international director of the Michelin Guides announced the news to the public and promised the guide to be ready in the fall of 2022.
For the unfamiliar with the Michelin Star system- it is the highest rank rating in the fine dining industry-recognized internationally. The system has three grades, with one being very good, to three being outstanding experience. The 5 ranking criteria are 1. The quality of the used products, 2. Mastery of Flavor and Cooking Techniques, 3. The personality of the Chef in the Cuisine, 4. Value for Money, 5. Consistency of Food.
The fine-dining restaurant owners across Toronto are sizzling with excitement and rolling up their sleeves to get to work. This opportunity is of make-or-break importance to all candidates. Having their restaurant on the Michelin Star Guide will attract the wealthy, the famous and the influential which will create many opportunities for growth for the owners and the chefs.
Toronto’s food scene is definitely a challenge for the Michelin committee too. The city is well known for the best restaurants in the country, and even the world.
Toronto is already proud of 5 restaurants that were awarded 2022 Star Awards by Forbes Travel Guide- a ranking that recognizes restaurants that are worth visiting across the globe. The honoured 5 are Café Boulud, Canoe, One Restaurant, Scaramouche and Toca.
The judges will be testing restaurants across the city for the next few months. They visit anonymously, have a full dining experience, from appetizer to petit four and pay for their meal, just like the usual customers.
This is a big moment in Toronto’s culinary history.
Which restaurant, do you think will make it to the Michelin Star Guide?