Michelin Guide to pause awarding stars to California restaurants amid wildfires, COVID-19

Michelin Guide to pause awarding stars to California restaurants amid wildfires, COVID-19


Well, 2020 doesn’t feel like it deserves any stars.

In light of recent events, the Michelin Guide announced that it will not be awarding stars or other awards to California restaurants this year. Instead, the prestigious guide plans on holding a virtual event to help the industry and food banks across the state.

Michelin Guide has paused the announcements of its 2020 California selections for Stars, Bib Gourmand and Plates, according to a press release from the company. The decision was made after representatives from the guide spoke with chefs and restaurants in the Golden State, which has been severely impacted by both the COVID-19 pandemic and widespread wildfires.

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International director of the Michelin Guides Gwendal Poullennec explained, “We know the restaurant industry still faces enormous challenges in getting back on its feet. We are confident this will occur, as soon as health and safety protocols allow. Diners won’t lose their desire for great food; in fact, the importance

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