Michelin Guides are a series of guide books published by the French tire company Michelin for more than a century. Michelin and Visit California recently announced an expansion of the coverage with the creation of the Michelin Guide California 2019.In addition to the previously covered San Francisco Bay Area and Wine Country, the new Michelin Guide California will include restaurants in greater Los Angeles, Monterey, Orange County, Sacramento, San Diego and, I am happy to say, Santa Barbara.
“With access to many of the world’s best farms, food producers and vineyards, California cuisine is respected worldwide, not only for the quality of its ingredients, but also due to the creativity displayed by its chefs,” says Gwendal Poullennec, international director of the Michelin Guides. “In addition, our inspectors have been impressed with the talent and innovation within the gastronomic community across the state. Michelin’s partnership combines Visit California’s strength in tourism with Michelin’s 120-plus years of experience in gastronomy.”
“California and Michelin are a perfect pairing, joining forces to show the world the innovation and breadth of the Golden State’s culinary landscape,” says Caroline Beteta, president and CEO of Visit California. “The diversity and abundance of dining opportunities here, including an unparalleled array of [international cuisines], women chefs and limitless agricultural bounty, sets California apart from any other destination in the world.”