This week Michelin released the 32nd edition of their Main Cities of Europe guide. This guide is highly anticipated in those European countries that don't have a Michelin guide of their own. With the rise of New Nordic Cuisine, it seems to attract particular interest in Scandinavia.
Geranium in Copenhagen has gained a second Michelin star. Chef and co-owner of Geranium is Rasmus Kofoed, winner of the Bocuse d'Or in 2011. The restaurant that is renowned for its minimalistic, natural cuisine had gained its first star only last year. Copenhagen now has 2 two-star restaurants, the other of course being Noma, currently holding the unofficial title of 'Best restaurant in the world'. The 2013 guide features 80 two-star restaurants, with 9 new entries. The other eight already featured in previously released country guides, 3 in Germany, 2 in the Netherlands, 2 in Spain and 1 in the United Kingdom.
In the three-star category, there are no changes to report and the number of three-star restaurants in this guide remains at 15, of which 11 are located in Paris, 2 in London, 1 in Florence and 1 in Rome.
After having been named 'Rising Star' in the 2012 Main Cities of Europe guide, Atelier Amaro in Warsaw gained a historic Michelin star in this year's guide; the first ever Michelin star to be awarded in Poland. Michelin comments: "inspectors were enchanted by the chef's preparation of local products, his innovative cooking style and original combination of ingredients". Chef Wojciech Modest Amaro has trained in some the world's most famous kitchens, like elBulli in Spain, Le Meurice in France and Noma in Denmark.
Other noteable winners in the one-star category are: Kadeau in Copenhagen (Denmark), Gastrologik and Ekstedt in Stockholm (Sweden), Hytra in Athens (Greece) and Dom Beisl in Vienna (Austria). In general a Beisl can be regarded as the Austrian equivalent of a British pub . This 'Nobelbeisl' is a more upscale affair and serves traditional but refined Austrian food with Mediterranean influences. Sjömagasinet in Gothenburg has regained its Michelin star. The restaurant had lost its star in the 2011 guide, after the restaurant had been sold in 2010. The number of one-star restaurants in the Main Cities of Europe Guide increases with 50 new entries to 309.
The 2013 edition also features 54 new entries in the Bib Gourmand category. Among the winners are: Vestibül, Tian and Limes in Vienna, Aureole in Prague, Retour in Copenhagen and EAT in Stockholm.
The Main Cities of Europe 2013 guide features 1,574 hotels and 2,154 restaurants in the following cities: Germany (Berlin, Cologne, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Munich, Stuttgart) – Austria (Vienna, Salzburg) – Belgium (Brussels, Antwerp) – Denmark (Copenhagen) – Spain (Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia) – Finland (Helsinki) – France (Paris, Lyon, Strasbourg, Toulouse) – United Kingdom (London, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Glasgow) – Greece (Athens) – Hungary (Budapest) – Italy (Rome, Milan, Turin, Florence) – Ireland (Dublin) – Luxembourg (Luxembourg) – Norway (Oslo) – Netherlands (Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague) – Poland (Warsaw, Krakow) – Portugal (Lisbon) – Czech Republic (Prague) – Sweden (Stockholm, Goteborg) – Switzerland (Bern, Geneva, Zurich).
A full list of Michelin stars and Bib Gourmands featured in the Main Cities of Europe 2013 guide can be found here.