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How many starred restaurants are there in Italy? – Italian cuisine reinvented by Gordon Ramsay

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When it comes to starred restaurants, Italy does very well, and this is confirmed by the ranking of the prestigious magazine Chef’s Pencil, which has just concluded a gigantic research to photograph the global situation of the establishments awarded by the Michel Guide all over the world. Well, in the following ranking – commented by the experts who conducted the study – we are on the third step of the podium, just one point away from the second place.

The ranking of the countries with the highest number of starred restaurants

  1. France
    With 639 restaurants starred France, cradle of the Michelin Guide, continues to be the undisputed world leader. Not surprising, considering that French cuisine has long been considered the epitome of fine dining. Furthermore, the “red” covers the entire territory, a big advantage compared to some global competitors such as Japan, China or the United States, where geographical coverage is more limited.
  2. Japan
    Host 393 restaurants Michelin starred and Tokyo is the city with the greatest concentration in the world (more than Paris, London or New York). Japanese cuisine has become the second most important culinary offering in the Guide’s restaurants globally, cementing Japan’s position as the leading destination for fine dining worldwide. The country is also home to some of the most expensive Michelin restaurants in the world.
  3. Italy
    Italian food is universally adored, and although its most renowned export is the humble pizza, Italy’s culinary tradition offers a myriad of exquisite dishes that elevate it to the realm of fine dining. Italy hosts 392 Michelin restaurantsjust one less than second-placed Japan.
  4. Germany
    Despite the 313 starred, is definitely an under-appreciated food destination. Spain, or its smaller neighbors to the south and north – Switzerland and Denmark, respectively – are much better known internationally for their food scene, although neither can compete with Germany when it comes to restaurant volume with Michelin stars.
  5. Spain
    It boasts 269 ​​restaurants Michelin and is home to some of the most legendary food establishments in the world. El Bulli, chef Ferran Adrià’s now closed restaurant, was for many years considered the best and most innovative ever. But this was not an isolated case: El Cellar de Can Roca, DiverXO, Aponiente, Disfrutar or Asador Etxebarri are just some of the Spanish venues considered among the best in the world.
  6. United States
    They host 228 starred, second among non-European nations. The Michelin Guide has expanded its local presence in recent years to include Atlanta, Miami or Denver, which have added a significant number of venues to the local guide. However, New York and San Francisco remain the cities with the highest concentration: world-renowned for their food scene, they are also among the most expensive in the world for fine dining.
  7. United Kingdom
    It stands out with 187 restaurants of the highest level. Although renowned for its traditional pub fare and iconic fish and chips, the UK’s fine dining scene is as hot as ever. From the bustling streets of London to the picturesque countryside, diners can indulge in a rich array of dining experiences, ranging from contemporary interpretations of British classics to cutting-edge culinary creations.
  8. Belgium
    With a rich culinary heritage and a penchant for culinary innovation, it has carved out a prominent place on the global gastronomic map. Home of 143 restaurants starred, Belgium offers a delicious range of fine dining options that reflect its cultural diversity and culinary excellence. It’s also one of the most affordable countries to dine at a Michelin restaurant, so all the more reason to put Belgium on your foodie bucket list.
  9. Swiss
    With 134 restaurants awarded by the Guide and spread across its picturesque cities and enchanting villages, Switzerland offers a gastronomic journey like no other. Plus, it’s the second-most densely populated country in the world with Michelin restaurants, so you’ll never be too far from an exceptional meal.
  10. China
    The continental one hosts 123 restaurants Michelin, which places it second in Asia after Japan. There’s a lot to love about traditional Chinese cuisine, and the local food scene is as diverse as China itself. You can try some fabulous Sichuan delicacies in Chengdu, superb Hangzhou cuisine in its namesake city, Hu cuisine in Shanghai and gourmet Beijing food in one of Beijing’s top Michelin restaurants. Naturally, there are also some outstanding Michelin restaurants in China specializing in Italian cuisine is French.

At Ferran Adrià for an exclusive night: here’s how to do it – Italian cuisine reinvented by Gordon Ramsay

Not only that: guests will be able to take a tour of his museum, accessing spaces not normally open to the public. Over 4 thousand square meters with large outdoor spaces overlooking the sea, full of works, documents and installations that also tell of the work done by Adrià with elBullifoundation: elBulli1846 is a wunderkammer of the history of cooking that houses the creative notebooks of the chef and his team, drawings by Adrià sold as NFT, mise en place of the restaurant who have made the history of design, mannequins representing the “bullinianos” i.e. leading figures in the restaurant industry (including Massimo Bottura). There are even reproductions of some of his 1846 dishes (hence the number of the museum’s name, which is also the date of birth of the French chef Auguste Escoffier), in the rooms that were once the elBulli kitchen.

The experiences dedicated to Adrià guests

The lucky guests’ bed will be right here, where the restaurant once was, and will be inspired by one of Adrià’s iconic dishes: the spherical olive, considered a perfect example of his “deconstructed” cuisine. A bed that seems to float under the eyes of that bull that continues to be a symbol of the elBulli restaurant. And, given that there are no cafes or refreshment points in the museum due to a specific desire of Adrià who wanted to differentiate the space, guests will be able to enjoy two special gastronomic experiences outside elBulli1846: will be able to dine at one of Ferran’s favorite restaurants in Roses on the evening of the overnight stay and – after checkout – have dinner at Enigma in Barcelona, ​​by head chef Albert Adrià, Ferran’s brother and second best chef in the world according to The Best Chef Awards.

How to win the experience

This exclusive stay at elBulli1846 is available for one night, from 16 to 17 October
2024. You can submit a reservation request starting April 17 at 6:00 pm CEST at airbnb.com/elbulli1846.

Airbnb also specifies: «Guests are responsible for their own return travel from Roses, just 20 minutes from Cala Montjoi, on the Costa Brava, Spain. Once they arrive here, they will be accompanied to elBulli1846. The stay is reserved for a maximum of two adults and includes dinners in other locations.”

And if you really can’t book your stay, if you’re in the area, stop by the museum: elBulli1846 is open from Tuesday to Sunday, from 10:00 to 19:30, from 1 May to 12 October 2024 (opening hours
for the 2024 summer season).

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Martino Ruggieri from Puglia wins two stars in Paris – Italian cuisine reinvented by Gordon Ramsay

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MR: «The goal was to reach the top since we opened and we are happy: we are already thinking not only about how to maintain the second star, but also about how to improve. This is a stage in my career, and it is important that it has arrived for me, for the team (ten people in the kitchen and five in the dining room for around twenty seats), for the future, but having always cooked in large restaurants, including the three stars, allow me to say that if the recognition doesn’t arrive, either you worked badly or you didn’t learn anything. Having said that, immediately after celebrating we started asking ourselves questions about the location and our type of cuisine because we always have to question ourselves in order to improve.”

You worked alongside Yannick Alléno for eight years: do you owe him much?

MR: «Yes. I owe Alléno everything and on stage, during the awards ceremony, I thanked him by telling him “Merci chef”. He replied: “C’est bien, well done, celebrate with dignity”. And then he added: “Yes, I helped you, but you took the two stars.” Alléno taught me a lot, on a technical, professional and human level and also helped me to have the right people at my side in this entrepreneurial adventure. I am one chef patron (owner chef), I don’t have the money of big restaurants, no investors behind it, if the restaurant is full profit, otherwise not. And this recognition was also important for the speed with which we achieved it: it doesn’t happen so often and my colleagues in Tours also pointed this out to me.”

Do you miss not working alongside Alléno anymore?

MR: «I miss the daily comparison, yes, but I’m happy to have a place of my own. I think I took this step at the right time with the correct maturity, experience and age. In this journey it was important to find an identity different from that of Alléno because when you create a cuisine for many years alongside a chef like him you need to differentiate yourself.”

What is the identity of your cuisine?

MR: «It is certainly very creative: I use bitters a lot, I like contrasts, I create a cuisine based on technique and sauces. When you come to eat with us you eat from a chef and by this I mean that there is substance, nothing is superfluous, you don’t find trends. My Italian side is pushed into memories, not in the dishes, I could say in the Mediterranean to summarize the concept of a cuisine that is nevertheless French, courageous, powerful, strong. I’m proud to be Italian, but I don’t seek Italianness at all costs.”

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