Michelin List Not A True Reflection Of Malta’s Talented Culinary Scene, Catering Lobby Group Warns
After the fourth Malta Michelin Guide launched today, a leading Maltese catering lobbying group has suggested that other restaurants deserve to be added to the list.
The Association of Catering Establishment (ACE) congratulated the restaurants who made it to the list, describing it as a “confirmation of Malta’s food excellence and a proof of the island’s talent in such a cutthroat industry”.
“Nevertheless, ACE feels that such a list is not a true reflection of what is being achieved by various catering establishments,” it said.
“ACE feels that there are various establishments that are heavily investing their resources and talent to achieve such level, some of which are also a clear reflection of the farm and fork concept so much touted both on an international and local level.”
“Some are also working on niche food concepts which are at par with what is being offered by leading international eateries.”
“ACE feels that the gist of Michelin is primarily to truly reflect the talent and quality of a country’s catering industry. A principle which we feel is not necessarily being achieved year after year with the Michelin Guide list.”
The latest Malta Michelin Guide saw Sliema’s Fernandõ Gastrotheque become the fifth Maltese restaurant to gain a prestigious Michelin Star, joining Under Grain, Noni, ION – The Harbour, De Mondion, and Bahia.
Five new restaurants – Giuseppi’s, Loa, Grotto Tavern, Legilgin and Rosami – joined the Michelin Guide Malta selection, bringing the total number of Michelin-recommended Maltese eateries up to 35.
The Bib Gourmand status, given to eateries that serve top-quality comfort food, maintained the same restaurants – Terrone, Commando, Grain Street, and Rubino.
Cover photo: Main image: Stock image, Left image: The Michelin Man, Right image: ACE president Michelle Muscat
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