GREENVILLE, S.C., Oct. 13, 2020 — The MICHELIN Guide has announced a ‘Virtual Family Meal’ to honor California restaurants’ creativity, strength and resilience in the light of recent events. In addition, The MICHELIN Guide has paused the announcement of Stars, Bib Gourmands and Plates from the 2020 California selection. This decision was determined after speaking with chefs and listening to feedback from restaurants severely impacted by COVID-19 and tragic wildfires across the state.
“We know the restaurant industry still faces enormous challenges in getting back on its feet,” said Gwendal Poullennec, international director of the MICHELIN Guides. “We are confident this will occur, as soon as health and safety protocols allow. Diners won’t lose their desire for great food; in fact, the importance of a shared meal has never been so present in our minds as it is at this time.”
The MICHELIN Guide will host an online gathering of support for California restaurants through a Virtual Family Meal on Oct. 27, 2020, at 4 p.m. PST. “Family meal” is a cherished tradition around the world in which restaurant staff sit together before food service begins to enjoy a meal prepared by one of their own.
Restaurateurs and food lovers can secure a seat at the table and register for the event by visiting guide.michelinman.com. This virtual gathering is sponsored by Rémy Martin and will be broadcast on YouTube.
“Although the 2020 selections will not be announced this year, the MICHELIN Guide wants new and inspiring talent to be recognized,” said Nora Vass, director of food and travel experiences for Michelin North America. “We will use the Family Meal event as an opportunity to showcase more than 20 new inspector discoveries throughout the state.”
In addition to recognizing new talent in California, the event will also feature appearances from celebrity chefs, an online fundraiser to benefit the California Association of Food Banks and the introduction of the first sustainability distinction in the United States.
Here is a special video message from Gwendal Poullennec, international director of the MICHELIN Guides, regarding the announcement: