French Laundry and Meadowood retain three Michelin stars

24 October 2012 by
French Laundry and Meadowood retain three Michelin stars

Two restaurants in California have retained their three-star-status in the latest Michelin guide to San Francisco, Bay Area and Wine Countries.

Thomas Keller's French Laundry and the Restaurant at Meadowood, both in Napa Valley, have each held on to Michelin's top accolade. Keller now holds a total of seven Michelin stars after Bouchon in Yountville retained its one-star-status and Per Se in New York earlier this month held on to its three stars.

On his Twitter account, Keller said: "Congratulations to the teams at the French Laundry and Bouchon for receiving three stars and one star, respectively - and thank you to Michelin."

Meanwhile Atelier Crenn in San Francisco was the only restaurant promoted to two stars, bringing the total of two-Michelin-starred establishments in northern California to six, including Baumé, Benu,Coi, Manresa and Saison.

Three restaurants celebrated their first star: All Spice,SPQR and Keiko à Nob Hill. This means there are now 34 starred restaurants in the area comprising San Francisco, the East Bay, Wine Country, Marin, South Bay and the Peninsula.

Overall the 2013 Michelin guide to San Francisco, Bat Area and Wine Countries lists 539 restaurants, 42 with stars and 70 with the Bib Gourmand award, and features 47 different types of cuisine.

The San Francisco guide, published today, is one of three Michelin guides in the USA, including New York and Chicago, which will be released on 13 November.

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By Kerstin Kühn

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