Fifty-seven new restaurants were added to the 2018 MICHELIN Guide France, which now has a grand total of 621 Michelin-starred restaurants, an increase from the 616 included in 2017. The big news for this year is the addition of two new three-starred restaurants—Christophe Bacquié and La Maison des Bois - Marc Veyrat.
Housed in the Hotel du Castellet, Christophe Bacquié's eponymous restaurant prepares a number of signature dishes, such as his modern aioli, vegetables from local market gardeners and Mediterranean octopus. "A real ode to the produce found in his region, Christophe Bacquié now offers very high-flying cuisine: vibrant with emotions, each dish creates a memory; a testimony to his creative talent, his perfect technical skills and maturity," comments Michael Ellis, International Director of the MICHELIN Guides.
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La Maison des Bois - Marc Veyrat operates out of a chalet in Manigod. Run by Marc Veyrat, the kitchen embraces and elevates local wild produce. "As a passionate botanist, Marc Veyrat enhances the Savoyard herbs and flowers he gathers from the wild, and combines creativity, authenticity and refinement to offer customers an unforgettable experience," says Ellis.
The 2018 selection also adds five new two-star restaurants and 50 new one-star restaurants. In this year's tastings, inspectors noticed an increasing focus on offering quality food at even more reasonable prices, with shorter menus incorporating local produce.