In an event held at the El Cantoral cultural complex, the Michelin Guide presented today, May 14, its first selection dedicated to Mexico, marking a transcendental milestone in the country’s culinary history.

A total of 157 restaurants have captivated the Guide’s inspectors, who toured the cities and regions of Mexico City, Oaxaca, Baja California, Baja California Sur, Quintana Roo and Nuevo León in search of establishments that offered exceptional gastronomic experiences.

Michelin Stars are the most coveted distinction in the gastronomic world, they recognize culinary excellence and are a symbol of prestige for award-winning chefs and restaurants.

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In this first Mexican selection, two restaurants have obtained the prestigious Two Michelin Stars: Pujol, directed by renowned chef Enrique Olvera in Mexico City, and Quintonil, also in Mexico City, under the direction of chef Jorge Vallejo and his partner Alejandra Flowers.

In addition, sixteen restaurants have been awarded One Michelin Star, highlighting the diversity and richness of Mexican cuisine in different regions of the country. These include Cocina de Autor Riviera Maya, Le Chique and HA’ in Quintana Roo, and Los Danzantes Oaxaca and Levadura de Olla Restaurante in Oaxaca, among others.

The Michelin Guide Mexico 2024 is based on the historical and universal methodology of the Guide, evaluating the quality of the products used, the mastery of culinary techniques, the harmony of flavors, the personality of the chef expressed in the dish and the consistency in the time and the menu in its entirety.

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In addition to the Michelin Stars, the Guide has also awarded special awards to outstanding professionals in the Mexican gastronomic industry. These include the Chef Mentor Special Award, given to Enrique Olvera for his influence on world gastronomy, and the Young Chef Special Award, sponsored by José Cuervo, given to Thalía Barrios García of Levadura de Olla Restaurante.

The Bib Gourmand distinction, awarded by the Michelin Guide, rewards restaurants that offer excellent value for money, providing diners with high-quality gastronomic experiences at affordable prices.

In the selection of the Michelin Guide Mexico 2024, a total of 42 restaurants have been awarded the coveted Bib Gourmand distinction, thus highlighting the diversity of flavors and culinary styles that the country offers.

Michelin Green Stars are a relatively new distinction introduced by the Michelin Guide in 2020, designed to reward restaurants that demonstrate an exceptional commitment to sustainability and environmental responsibility in their operation.

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In the selection of the Michelin Guide Mexico 2024, six restaurants have been honored with the Michelin Green Star for their dedication to promoting more sustainable gastronomy. These restaurants stand out not only for the quality of their food, but also for their commitment to the environment and their contribution to the preservation of natural resources.

The complete selection of restaurants for Mexico joins the Michelin Guide’s selection of hotels, highlighting the most original and fashionable places to stay in Mexico and around the world and can be consulted for free at this link.

A little history of Michelin stars

The Michelin Guide, founded in France in 1900, was originally created as a guide for drivers that included maps, travel tips and listings of auto repair shops. Over time, it expanded to include restaurant reviews and recommendations, and in 1926 it began awarding the coveted Michelin Stars as a symbol of gastronomic quality.

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Michelin Stars are awarded on a scale of one to three stars, and each one has its own meaning:

1 Michelin Star: Represents high-quality cuisine that deserves a stop. These restaurants offer excellent food in their category.


2 Michelin Stars: Indicates excellent cuisine that is worth making a detour to visit. These restaurants offer exceptional cuisine and are worth a special visit.

3 Michelin Stars: Considered the pinnacle of culinary excellence, these stars are awarded to restaurants that offer exceptional cuisine and a unique dining experience. They are world-class gastronomic destinations and a visit to them is an unforgettable experience.

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The decision to award Michelin Stars is carried out by anonymous inspectors and gastronomy experts who visit restaurants anonymously and carry out rigorous evaluations based on various criteria, such as product quality, culinary technique, creativity, consistency and overall customer experience.

Stars are awarded only to those restaurants that meet the exceptional standards set by the Michelin Guide.


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