More Chicago restaurants gain Michelin stars

Tue Nov 12, 2013 5:31pm EST
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By Richard Leong

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Global restaurant rater Michelin awarded its coveted stars to more Chicago restaurants in its latest guide, cementing the city's status as a showcase for young chefs and a prime U.S. food destination.

Michelin said on Tuesday it gave stars to 25 Chicago restaurants, up from 19 last year, in its 2014 guide, which will be launched on Wednesday.

"In Chicago, you continue to see a lot of the young chefs who have worked with some of the greats in the cooking world opening up their own places and making their own signature cooking," said Michael Ellis, the international director of Michelin Guides.

Alinea, which remained Chicago's sole Michelin three-star restaurant, was noted for its "exceptional cuisine" and chef Grant Achatz's changing $210 tasting menu with its avant-garde dishes and elaborate plating continues to dazzle diners and critics.

"He remains one of the top chefs in the world," Ellis said.

Two eateries, Sixteen and Grace, joined the two-star category for their "excellent cuisine," joining graham elliot restaurant and L20.

Sixteen, which is inside the Trump International Hotel, gained an additional star from the previous year after it "upped its renowned and creative contemporary cooking," according to Michelin.

It praised Grace, whose head chef and co-owner Curtis Duffy had once worked for Achatz, for "its wildly imaginative contemporary cuisine and flawless style and service."   Continued...