Patrick Kriss

Michelin will unveil the 12 best restaurants in Toronto at exclusive event

The Michelin Guide is set to announce the Toronto restaurants that will receive its coveted stars at an exclusive event at HISTORY tonight.

Inspectors award Michelin Stars – One, Two or Three – to unparalleled cuisine. According to Michelin, the guide will also bestow Bib Gourmand ratings on restaurants that offer great quality food at good prices as well as Michelin Green Star to restaurants involved in sustainable gastronomy.

Last month, we learned about the 12 new restaurants joining the Guide. Tonight, we’ll discover their star ratings.

The Michelin Guide was first created in 1900, and currently covers 35 countries and more than 3,000 Michelin-starred restaurants.

Toronto was featured in the Michelin Guide for the first time last year, the first Canadian city to make the cut and Vancouver joined the guide shortly after.

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That year,  74 Toronto restaurants received recognition, receiving 27 different styles, with Sushi Masaki Saito in Yorkville earning two Michelin stars, and 17 others making it to the Bib Gourmand list. 

At the evening’s event, all the Toronto chefs that receive stars will be presented with a special jacket to commemorate the occasion. Bib Gourmand restaurants will receive a placard.

According to Michelin, the guide’s historical methodology includes five universal criteria that it follows for every guide including Toronto, as follows: 1) quality products; 2) the mastery of flavours; 3) the mastery of cooking techniques; 4) the personality of the chef in the cuisine; 5) consistency between each visit (each restaurant is inspected several times a year).

Inspectors began visiting Toronto restaurants earlier this year and continued for several months to come up with the star-worthy spots that will be honoured this evening.

A live stream of the ceremony can be viewed on the Michelin Guide YouTube beginning at 8 p.m.