Michelin Guide returns with Green Michelin Star

Patrick O'Connell [Credit: The Inn at Little Washington]

US: The Michelin Guide has announced it will return in 2021 with a brand-new distinction on sustainability called the Green Michelin Star, with the first hotel in Washington D.C. awarded the certification.

The Green Michelin Star will highlight:

• A chef’s sustainable practices in the culinary guest experience

• Chef’s with initiatives and methods that help to raise awareness of the importance of environmental issues

• The ecosystem of a restaurant, as well as the chef’s philosophy on sustainable gastronomy

• Chef’s whose establishments are included in the Michelin Guide selection

Chef Patrick O’Connell of The Inn at Little Washington is the only three-starred chef in D.C., and the first (and only) Green Star recipient in the area.

In addition to this, Michelin Guide released a list of 40 restaurants in Washington D.C. that earned the Bib Gourmand distinction, including six new entries:

• Ellē

• Hitching Post

• Karma Modern Indian

• Makan

• Queen’s English

• Residents Café & Bar

The Michelin Guide has announced a “Still Serving” virtual series to highlight the latest editions of selected restaurants across the United States. The series is set to last three weeks, with all listings published on the Michelin Guide Instagram channel here.

Gwendal Poullennec, international director of The Michelin Guides, said: “A monumental shift has taken place throughout the restaurant community, requiring everyone to pivot in their own unique way. We look forward to highlighting the accomplishments of the industry’s most resilient restaurants, who, despite the toughest year, are still serving.”

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