Michelin has released its 2011 guide to San Francisco, the Bay Area and Wine Country and has awarded the Restaurant at Meadowood in Napa Valley its top accolade of three stars.
Located in St Helena, the Restaurant at Meadowood serves a modern fine-dining menu overseen by chef Christopher Kostow. It joins Thomas Keller's French Laundry as the only other restaurant in the northern California region with three Michelin stars.
Three restaurants have retained their two-star-status, including David Kinch's Manresa in Los Gatos in the Santa Cruz mountains, Coi in San Francisco, and Cyrus in Sonoma. Meanwhile, 11 restaurants celebrated their first Michelin star, bringing the total of one-star establishments to 39.
Now in its fifth edition, the Michelin guide to San Francisco, Bay Area and Wine Country, which was released yesterday (26 October), identified 74 restaurants as Bib Gourmands (29 new) - offering two courses and a glass of wine or dessert for less than $40 (£25).
Michelin director Jean-Luc Naret, who will step down at the end of the year, commented: "The Bay Area is a particularly fertile farming region. There is so much to choose from - we spend a full year studying this region to produce our guide and the effort is immensely satisfying. This is quite simply one of the finest culinary regions in the world."
Next to the San Francisco, Bay Area and Wine Country edition, Michelin will publish two guides in the USA for 2011 for New York and Chicago, which will be launched next month.
By Kerstin Kühn
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