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News & Views 1 minute 02 October 2019

MICHELIN Guide Washington, D.C. 2020 Recap

The stars aligned at the French Ambassador’s estate and celebrated in style.

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Last night, chefs, media and industry insiders gathered at the chic French Ambassador’s residence in Washington, D.C.’s beautiful and historic Kalorama neighborhood to celebrate the star selection of the 2020 edition of the MICHELIN Guide Washington, D.C.

Now in its fourth year, the 2020 selection includes nearly 130 restaurants representing 36 cuisine types. Of the 18 starred establishments in this year’s guide, four were newly minted: Gravitas, Little Pearl, Maydān and Sushi Nakazawa.

“We have our city recognized on the international culinary stage by the world’s most trusted authority on gastronomy,” said Patrick O’Connell, chef and owner of The Inn at Little Washington, which received three MICHELIN stars for the second year in a row. “Collectively, we have a lot to celebrate tonight.”

Patrick O’Connell, chef and owner of The Inn at Little Washington.
Patrick O’Connell, chef and owner of The Inn at Little Washington.

After remarks by O’Connell, as well as international director of the MICHELIN Guides, Gwendal Poullennec, guests noshed on porchetta with pear mostarda, made-to-order risotto with Parmigiano-Reggiano and pistachio gelato courtesy of Nicholas Stefanelli, chef and owner of one-MICHELIN-starred Masseria.

“We’re all really tight-knit,” said Jorge Hernández, head chef of two-MICHELIN-starred minibar. “It’s not as competitive as other markets—we just want to push each other to work hard and be the best we can be in the business.”

Congratulations to all restaurants in the MICHELIN Guide Washington, D.C. 2020. View the full selection here.

Gwendal Poullennec, international director of the MICHELIN Guides.
Gwendal Poullennec, international director of the MICHELIN Guides.
Food was courtesy of Nicholas Stefanelli, chef and owner of one-MICHELIN-starred Masseria.
Food was courtesy of Nicholas Stefanelli, chef and owner of one-MICHELIN-starred Masseria.
The event was held at the French Ambassador’s residence.
The event was held at the French Ambassador’s residence.

You can view more photos from the evening on our Facebook page.

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