- a new three-star restaurant,
- three new two star restaurants and
- 25 new restaurants with one star.
In the previous year, the restaurant guide listed 308 star restaurants.
Among the ten three-star restaurants, the “newcomer” is actually making a comeback: the restaurant Temporary, a temporary replacement for the Schwarzwaldstube in Baiersbronn. In January 2020, the head office of Traube Tonbach was destroyed in a fire, including the three-star Schwarzwaldstube.
- the Esplanade in Saarbrückenwhere Silio Del Fabro earned a second star with the Mediterranean-inspired classic product cuisine,
- the Goldberg in Fellbach with the team of Philipp Kovacs and his “here and now” kitchen. They successfully combined the regionality, the seasonal reference and the modern, it was said. “This is probably the best news in the last twelve months,” given the ongoing crisis in the industry, said Kovacs when he found out about his second star via video link. “It’s been a crazy year for all of us.”
- That was also included in the two-star league Ösch Noir in Donaueschingen, which was only awarded a star last year. Chef Manuel Ulrich proves a clear increase in his performance with his modern, classic kitchen, praised the inspectors.
The experts also awarded 25 new restaurants with a Michelin star. This means that there are a total of 259 restaurants with one star in the new edition of the »Guide Michelin« for 2021.
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Berlin continues to be the front runner in star gastronomy. With a total of 25 star restaurants, the German capital has the highest number in the “Guide Michelin” 2021, including one three-star restaurant, five two-star restaurants and 19 one-star restaurants.
Michelin praise: despite or because of Corona?
But testing top gastronomy during a pandemic – is that even possible? A star menu to go – that would be a strange idea for many gourmets. “Last year the restaurants felt like they were closed for ages – but it wasn’t quite like that,” says Flinkenflügel. The restaurants could have opened for two thirds of the past year.
The pandemic did not mean a standstill for the top restaurants. On the one hand, the restaurants were “incredibly well attended,” on the other hand, many restaurateurs used the lockdown time for new considerations. “We had the impression that a lot of restaurateurs were questioning each other, thinking about where we can improve, what can we optimize?” There was a clear increase in many restaurants.
After all, a positive effect of the crisis. Christian Bau, head chef at Victor’s Fine Dining in Perl-Nennig in Saarland, had also reported a lack of drive. “Not being needed, that got me down,” the 50-year-old told SPIEGEL. (Read here how the corona crisis affects top chefs – and what ideas emerged from the emergency.)
Some people may be wondering how to publish the guide in such a difficult time, says the director of the “Guide Michelin” edition. But it also got calls from many restaurateurs with the tenor: If you don’t bring it out now, we’ll be forgotten.
“We were able to rate the restaurants and it will continue to be a positive signal for the industry in 2021,” emphasizes Flinkenflügel. If the restaurants are allowed to receive guests again after the lockdown, the new stars can sparkle all the brighter.