The big news in American fine dining today was, of course, the release of the first Michelin guide for Chicago restaurants.
If you were awarded a star, heartfelt congratulations. If you weren’t, remember, it’s just a guide book by a tire company.
Being the branché hep cat that I am, I had my TweetDeck up and followed yesterday’s apparent leaking to Yelp of the list of restaurants anointed with stars and today’s reaction by its winners.
There’s not much more to say than that, except that one of the two three-star restaurants, L20, recently lost its chef, although perhaps just temporarily, making the brand new book already a bit obsolete. People who know the Chicago restaurant scene much better than I are already doing their analysis, and will likely pillory it the way it was pilloried in New York and San Francisco.
I think I’ll just let the chefs speak for themselves, as they did through their twitter accounts.
Paul Kahan, whose restaurant Blackbird got a star, but his restaurant Avec did not:
In the begining, they didn't understand the clash either. Avec rules.
Curtis Duffy, whose restaurant Avenues got two stars:
Feeling for the Michelin Release on Wednesday: excited, enlivened,psyched, edgy, anxious, restless,tense! What will it be?
It's official Avenues gets 2 Michelin Stars! Thank you to my team from the past and the present! Amazing!
Grant Achatz, whos restaurant Alinea got three stars:
What does it mean when Jean Luc Naret films NBC news show from your dining room on the morning of the release? I guess we will find out...
True??? How do they deal with chef Gras' departure? http://tinyurl.com/2b239xz
Graham Elliot Bowles, whose restaurant graham elliot got a star:
My name may be on the door but this star belongs to the GE team. From chef de cuisine to dishwasher, sommelier to busser...job well done XO
@grahamelliot graham elliot
Congrats!! Official 2010 Chicago Michelin-Starred Restaurants http://bit.ly/9cgSfK
@grahamelliot graham elliot
NoMI restaurant, which got a star:
Thank You! We are very excited! RT @Audarshia CONGRATS to @NoMIChicago for its one star @MichelinGuidechi!
RT @JLynnePR Wish I had more than 140 characters to recognize all of the @MichelinGuideCH honorees - Congrats to all. Chicago is very proud.
Congrats to all! RT @ChicagoCVBPR Congrats to Blackbird, Boka, NoMi, Seasons, Sixteen, Spiaggia, Topolobampo, Tru, Vie, NAHA for a star!
Carrie Nahabedian, whose restaurant NAHA got a star:
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Great 10year anniversary gift. A Michelin star and a phone call! Congrats to all our friends, it is such an honor. LOVE our NAHA staff! Xox
I've been tough on Charlie Trotter over the years, but most of these Michelin stars don't exist without him and Jean Banchet. Bravo.
is having a glass of Champagne.
The usually twitter-loquacious Rick Bayless, whose Topolobampo got a Michelin Star, and which also recently got a three-star certification from the Green Restaurant Association, actually was pretty succinct:
Thanks!! T @GreenChicago: A Michelin Star AND Guaranteed Green - CONGRATULATIONS @619blackbird and @Rick_Bayless!!!
Thanks to all of you who've sent your congratulations on Topolobampo's star from Michelin. Needless to say, our staff is really proud!!
And finally Paul Virant, whose restaurant Vie got a star.
Alright, Facebook friends! It's official!! Chef Paul Virant just received the good news: Vie has been awarded a... http://fb.me/Es8uaWlH
We're so excited to be included in the very first Michelin Guide for Chicago! http://fb.me/Er5p7wAM
We knew our staff was the best, but it's nice to know that others agree! Congrats to the whole crew on the... http://fb.me/Leht3we3
What do you say? Chef Paul Virant for Mayor of Western Springs??
RT@alpanasingh Alpana Singh
@jarstarvie I worked w/Paul and would 2nd that! One of the nicest, most thoughtful human beings put on this earth. Whole family is great.
RT@ChicagoBites Chicago Bites
[Post] Michelin: Comparing ratings from around the Web http://bit.ly/co5TVK
@jarstarvie Paul Virant
If you're interested in buying the Michelin Guide, it will be available 11/18. http://fb.me/AVKGNipC
And for the record, the winners:
Crofton on Wells
Longman & Eagle