TORONTO — At an event last night in Toronto, The MICHELIN Guide announced that 74 restaurants made the inaugural Toronto selection. The selection, which spans 27 cuisine types, includes one Two-Star restaurant (Sushi Masaki Saito), 12 One-Star restaurants, 17 Bib Gourmand restaurants and 44 recommended restaurants. The full list of restaurants included can be found in the MICHELIN Guide Toronto.
In May, Toronto was announced as the first Canadian MICHELIN Guide destination and the sixth in North America. The country’s inaugural selection brings global attention to Toronto’s diverse culinary scene. With 53 per cent of all Torontonians born outside of this country, the city is renowned for its multicultural neighbourhoods and global influences.
“This recognition is a landmark achievement that ushers in a new era of restaurant dining in Canada,” says the Honourable Randy Boissonnault, Minister of Tourism and Associate Minister of Finance. “Toronto is the first Canadian city to join the MICHELIN fold, ranking it among the world’s top culinary destinations. Through this strategic partnership, our government is supporting tourism and economic development by attracting new culinary talent and visitors to Canada. Congratulations to the establishments announced today, and we look forward to the addition of more in the future.”
The MICHELIN Guide selection follows Michelin’s historical methodology, based on five universal criteria, to ensure each destination’s selection equity: quality products; the harmony of flavours; the mastery of cooking techniques; the personality of the chef in the cuisine; and the consistency between each visit (each restaurant is inspected several times a year).
“Congratulations to the 74 restaurants selected for MICHELIN Guide Toronto. The first Canadian selection brings well deserved international recognition to Toronto’s talented culinary community, highlighting the depth and diversity of the city’s food scene,” says Scott Beck, CEO & president of Destination Toronto. “From neighbourhood gems to fine-dining establishments, the guide provides a new platform to talk about the scope and scale of Toronto’s food scene with visitors from around the world, delivering a positive impact to the entire culinary ecosystem.”
The Toronto restaurant selections will join the MICHELIN Guide selection of hotels, which features the most unique and exciting places to stay in Toronto and throughout the world. Every hotel in the Guide is chosen for its extraordinary style, service, and personality — with options for all budgets — and each hotel can be booked directly through the MICHELIN Guide website and app. The selection for Toronto currently features the city’s most spectacular hotels, including sustainability pioneers like 1 Hotel Toronto, standouts from the “Plus” collection like the Soho Hotel, and design-forward boutiques like The Drake.