There are five new restaurants in the Michelin Guide of Portugal, which this year has increased the number of stars in our gastronomy again. From the already accustomed José Avillez to the lesser known Paulo Alves, a total of five chefs joined the list where everyone wants to be.

With the Encanto project, a commitment to vegetarian cuisine, José Avillez makes history twice: he becomes the first chef to earn a Michelin star for a Portuguese restaurant serving vegetarian dishes, and at the same time he is the first cook to receive the award for two different restaurants. It should be remembered that the chef also owns Belcanto, a restaurant with two stars, and that he continues another year without getting a long-promised third star.

Also in Lisbon are Kabuki and Kanazawa, different Japanese cuisine projects that emerged at different times. The first, located at the Hotel Ritz, is the younger brother of the Spaniard, who has the same name. Opened in 2021, Kabuki Lisboa, run by Paulo Alves, adds another star to that hotel, after Cura achieved the same last year. Kanazawa, on the other hand, an innovative project founded by the Japanese Tomoaki Kanazawa, is now managed by Paulo Morais, who achieves a star that, for many, should have arrived at the restaurant several years ago.

From Porto arrive Euskalduna, by Vasco Coelho Santos, and Le Monument, by Julien Montbabut. The first is another restaurant for which many people were already asking for a Michelin star, from a chef who sought inspiration from the Basque Country and Catalonia. As for the second, headed by a Frenchman, which is located in a hotel belonging to the Maison Albar group.

From Passos de Silgueiros, in Viseu, another big news arrived: Portugal received the third green star, a distinction that rewards restaurants that are committed to sustainability. Diogo Rocha, the chef at Mesa de Lemos, received the award. This restaurant already had a Michelin star since 2019, and in the sustainability category joins last year’s award winners Esporão, in Reguengos de Monsaraz and Il GAllo d’oro, in Funchal.

“It’s always great to hear Portuguese at a gala like this”, said the Portuguese chef upon receiving the award, still leaving the challenge of visiting his region.

Restaurante Mesa de Lemos (Facebook)

Mesa de Lemos is distinguished by producing its products on site, including all the wines that are served in the restaurant, which are produced at Quinta de Lemos, where the space is located.

This year, the distinction of one star was awarded by the Portuguese chef Ricardo Costa (The Yeatman, Porto, two Michelin stars), a novelty in the guide presentation ceremonies.

The Michelin Guide released, from the Spanish city of Toledo, which are the restaurants in Portugal and Spain distinguished in the 2023 edition.

Portugal now has its own guide

The Portuguese restaurants distinguished in the Michelin Spain and Portugal Guide will be announced from next year in an autonomous ceremony, a way of highlighting “the growing excellence” of national cuisine, announced the international director of the publication.

“Starting next year, we will not have just one celebration, but two, in Spain and Portugal”, announced Gwendal Poullennec, at the opening of the presentation ceremony for next year’s guide, which took place in the Spanish city of Toledo.

“We are not going to unveil the selection again at the same time, but we are going to give the two destinations their own celebration”, he said, adding: “The culinary scenes of the two countries deserve their own boost and we want to better promote what makes them unique” , said Gwendal Poullennec, who thanked Turismo de Portugal for its support in this initiative.

Since the beginning of the 2010s, each edition has been presented at a ceremony, which usually takes place in a Spanish city – only in 2018 did Lisbon host the event.

“With the organization of our own event in Portugal, the revelation of the selection of restaurants and the consequent implementation of editorial and communication content, which will be shared on our different platforms, we want to contribute to the promotion of Portugal as an unavoidable European gastronomic destination”, said the guide in a statement.

Antonio Guimaraes

Source: Tvi24

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