Germany's finest dining establishments continued to rake in more stars in the new Michelin Guide for 2017, released on Thursday.
In total, 292 restaurants across the country were named in the “guide rouge”, up by two from the previous year in what many consider to be the ultimate listing of the world's best eateries. The ten restaurants that had three stars last year continued to hold onto their prestige.
Germany has an attractive, dynamic gastronomic scene, raved international Michelin Guide director Michael Ellis in Berlin.
“There is a trend towards locally-produced products,” Ellis explained.
Thirty-one restaurants got a boost in the ratings, including the capital city's Rutz, which earned a second star, along with Opus V in Mannheim and Geisels Werneckhof in Munich. The other 28 received one star for the first time.
Though Berlin still lacks a three-star restaurant, the city's tourism campaign Visit Berlin boasted about its culinary institutes listed in the guide.
“There is no city in the German-speaking world that has as many star-restaurants as Berlin,” Visit Berlin wrote in a statement.
For more than a century, the French tire manufacturer has published what has since become a ‘bible' for the world's gourmands. The first German restaurant made it onto the list 51 years ago with one star, and the first restaurant to achieve three-star greatness was in 1980.
Professional tasters visit restaurants for Michelin, unbeknownst to the chefs. They acknowledge that they have visited after the fact so that they may ask questions.The tasters look for quality of ingredients, the skill behind the preparation and the taste, personal touches, a price-performance ratio and a constant level of quality.