- Michelin unveils post-Soviet Moscow guide
- Officials hope it will help attract more tourists
MOSCOW, Oct 14 (Reuters) – Moscow, known during Soviet times for its empty shop shelves and horrific eateries, was one of the world‘s best gourmet destinations on Thursday, with nine of its restaurants receiving Michelin stars.
The ceremony was held in a concert hall near the Kremlin in recognition of the culinary renaissance in the three decades since the fall of communism.
Two restaurants, Twins Garden and Artest, were awarded two stars each by the renowned French Cooking Guide and the other seven stars.
“Thank you, Michelin guide, for coming to Russia and putting your trust in all of us,” said Ivan Berezutsky of Twins Gardens, who received the award with his brother Sergei.
In a statement, Michelin praised the emergence of a generation of talented Russian chefs and the quality of their ingredients, including Vladivostok King Crab, Borodinsky Bread and Murmansk halibut.
One of the star-studded restaurants is White Rabbit, which offers panoramic views of Moscow and offers traditional staples in surprising combinations such as roasted cabbage with caviar. The highest rating of 3 stars was not given to anyone.
“This is a new era for the Russian restaurant industry,” Russian restaurant expert Gennady Josefofitches told Reuters.
“Earlier, our restaurant industry was a bit empty. We evaluate ourselves and appreciate ourselves. But now, we have a world-renowned system that operates in many countries. “
Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin said he hoped the arrival of the Michelin guide would help attract more tourists.
Regarded as biblical and known for its precise standards, Michelin published the first guide in 1900 and was active in Russia before the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917.
The first Michelin restaurant guide, published by the tire company of the same name, was aimed at drivers in the early days of motoring. The star-rating system was introduced in the 1920s.
Editing by Mark Trevelyan and Alison Williams
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