The MICHELIN Guide has just announced that the first edition of the MICHELIN Guide Beijing will be launched in the city on 28 November 2019.
The international director for the MICHELIN Guides Gwendal Poullennec says: "Beijing’s cuisine, with its well-chosen ingredients and rich seasonings, is a jewel in the crown of Chinese and global cuisine. We hope that with this new MICHELIN Guide, more food lovers will come to appreciate Beijing's abundant food culture and experience the wonderful flavours it has to offer."
As an ancient city, Beijing is not only a melting pot of the diverse food cultures across China, it is also a stage for global gastronomy where long-established Beijing restaurants sit by side cuisines from around the world.
The MICHELIN Guide was birthed in 1900 to provide drivers with information about accommodation and restaurants and has since become a world-renowned guide to gastronomy. Every country or city that the MICHELIN Guide is published sees a boost to the local F&B industry and tourism. In latest figures released by Ernst & Young, 57% of frequent travellers said that if a city has MICHELIN-starred restaurants, they would be willing to stay longer, while 71% of frequent travellers expressed their willingness to increase their spending in the city.
The MICHELIN star rating system was established in 1926 and is updated annually based on anonymous reviews by MICHELIN's team of independent inspectors. The stars are assessed according to five publicly acknowledged criteria: the quality of ingredients used, the skill in food preparation, the combination of flavours, the value for money, the consistency of culinary standards.