Alinea, which achieved Michelin's three-star distinction in 2012, maintained top honours this year. Three Michelin stars is considered the ultimate international recognition in the culinary world; only one hundred restaurants in the world currently have this distinction.
This year's guide, however, sees all-new names in the highly revered two-star selections. L2O and graham elliot were promoted from one to two stars. This year also saw plenty of changes in the one-star selections. Three restaurants—Acadia, Goosefoot, and Mexique—earned their first one Michelin star distinctions, a significant culinary accomplishment. After a one-year absence, Sixteen returned to the one-star category. All in all, there are 16 Chicago establishments in this category for 2013.
The inclusion in the MICHELIN Guide Chicago 2013 is an acknowledgment of culinary excellence and quality. A total of 433 restaurants are included in the selection, which spans Chicago's downtown neighbourhoods and surrounding suburbs. Michelin inspectors embraced a total of 44 different cuisines this year, reflecting the tremendous diversity found across the region.
Alinea – Grant Achatz
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