michelin starred chef Masaki Saito

Toronto will find out which restaurants are Michelin-star worthy tonight at special event

The Michelin Guide is set to announce the Toronto restaurants that will receive the coveted stars at an exclusive event at Evergreen Brick Works 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.

“For the first time in its history, the Michelin Guide lands in Canada, and our inspectors are excited to experience the impressive culinary landscape of Toronto,” said Gwendal Poullennec, international director of the MICHELIN Guides. “This first selection for Canada’s largest city, and our first in the country, will represent the local flavours, international inspiration, and distinct creativity that makes Toronto’s dining scene world-class.”

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

Toronto is the first Canadian city to get a guide to call its own.

“For the first time in its history, the Michelin Guide lands in Canada, and our inspectors are excited to experience the impressive culinary landscape of Toronto,” said Gwendal Poullennec, international director of the Michelin Guides. “This first selection for Canada’s largest city, and our first in the country, will represent the local flavours, international inspiration, and distinct creativity that makes Toronto’s dining scene world-class.”

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.

One of the restaurants that could find success tonight is Alo, Patrick Kriss’s highly regarded bistro. In an exclusive interview with Streets of Toronto, Kriss says he thinks Alo does deserve a Michelin star and he’s excited about the prospect for his restaurant and the city.

“We have a lot of great restaurants here, we have a lot of talented chefs and restaurateurs and I think the Michelin star is good for the city,” says Kriss.

Other restaurants that could make the list include those helmed by chefs that had Michelin Stars in other cities such as Masaki Saito of Yorkville’s Sushi Masaki Saito, who earned two Michelin stars for his New York City restaurant in 2017 and 2018.

Speaking at tonight’s event will be Mayor John Tory, Neil Lumsden, minister of tourism, culture and sport; Gwendal Poullennec, the Michelin Guide’s international director and others.

Watch Streets of Toronto for a full list reveal and follow-up tonight.