Time Out - Dubai is a city with more than 20 Michelin-rated celebrity chefs, but until now the coveted 'Star' rating has eluded even our finest establishments. However that could all be about to change after Michael Ellis, international director of Michelin Guides, revealed the company are well on the way towards rolling out the system right here in the UAE.
Speaking at the recent Global Restaurant Investment Forum, Ellis confirmed steps were being made to bring Dubai in line with London, Paris, Tokyo and New York, although wasn't able to put a timeframe on the launch. As well as seeking a roaring F&B industry, tyre-firm Michelin also look for a business interest for the city as well as a sponsor for the guides.
All three elements are in place in Dubai.
Five criteria are considered by judges are:
Quality of ingredients
Skill in the preparation
Combinations of flavours
Value for money
Consistency of culinary standards (over time and throughout the menu)
And here is what these stars mean:
One star: "A very good restaurant in its category"
Two star: "Excellent cooking, worth a detour"
Three star: "Exceptional cuisine, worth a special journey"
And just for the record, here are the chefs in Dubai with Michelin-ratings elsewhere:
1. Jean-Georges Vongerichten
2. Pierre Gagnaire
3. Heinz Beck
4. Greg Malouf (just left)
5. Sergi Arola
6. Wolfgang Puck (currently under refurbishment)
7. Richard Sandoval
8. Marco Pierre White
9. Atul Kochhar
10. Gary Rhodes
11. Yannick Alleno
12. Giorgio Locatelli
13. Vineet Bhatia
14. Vikas Khanna
15. Jason Atherton
16. Tom Aikens
17. Gordon Ramsay
18. Claudio Sadler
19. Darren Velvick
20. Nobu Matshuhisa
21. Virgilio Martinez (coming soon)