Why UAE chefs want to see a ‘Michelin Guide’ in Australia, India and South Africa next

The Dubai Michelin Guide was unveiled on Tuesday, with 11 restaurants claiming to be coveted stars. The guide took a long time to come to our shores, with foodies rooting for him for years.

Scroll through the gallery above to see which restaurants in Dubai have earned Michelin stars

Australia is another destination UAE chefs would like Michelin to look at.

Chef Grégoire Berger d’Ossiano – who won one stars as part of the first Dubai guide — tells The National“I think it’s crazy that there is still no Michelin presence. For decades Australia has been home to some absolutely stunning and very special restaurants, and the country has a rampant food scene that is quite unique to it.

Brae in Birregurra and Attica in Melbourne are two restaurants Carlos Frunze, executive chef of Teible, would place his bets on. “Brae deserves a Michelin star for its philosophy of respecting nature by using local and seasonal ingredients. Chef Dan Hunter has his own farm on site and all produce is presented on the plate indiscriminately.

“Attica, too, has a special place in my heart, as its approach is unlike any other in the world.”

Celebrity chef Greg Malouf, born in Melbourne to Lebanese parents, calls his country of birth worthy of his own Michelin Guide. “The parameters are consistency, quality, flavor and technique. Australia’s major cities have no problem capturing the essence of these Michelin-defined criteria. The country is well represented by different food cultures at the highest level, and the products absolutely shine,” says Malouf, whose latest project was curating the menu for Bushra by Buddha-Bar at Grosvenor House, Dubai.

Akmal Anuar is another savvy chef who thinks Australian restaurants deserve to be in the Michelin Guide. The founder of 11 Woodfire and former chef of 3Fils (which won top spot on Mena’s 50 Best Restaurants list) says, “Australia is a self-sufficient country with its own agriculture and marine life. It constantly emphasizes sustainability.

“Older generation chefs such as Tetsuya Wakuda and Neil Perry have changed the dynamics of fine dining, especially in Sydney, and inspired the rest of the country to use local produce, while new generation chefs such as Dan Hunter de Brae and Ben Shewry of Attica showcase interesting techniques and incorporate seasonal produce into their menus.

Other countries that deserve a ‘Michelin Guide’

Places like India, Mexico, Turkey and Vietnam – whose cuisines are all making waves around the world – have yet to welcome the Michelin Guide.

Besides Australia, Chef Berger says he would like to see South Africa represented in the guide. “The country has a deeply rooted, extremely complex and interesting culinary identity. The food scene has boomed over the past decade, and the country’s unique blend of cultures and fantastic produce has resulted in a cuisine that I don’t think I can find anywhere else in the world.

Meanwhile, chef Jitin Joshi, who worked at the Michelin-starred restaurant Benares in Mayfair, London, hopes the guide will eventually travel to India and draw attention to the country’s diverse flavors.

“Once Michelin covers places like India and the Middle East, it will shine a light on the great restaurants operating in these regions, which will further improve their cuisine, do wonders for tourism and motivate chefs to take up the challenge. bar,” says Joshi.

Chef Frunze from Teible says he would like to see a Michelin Guide for Mexico. “One of my favorite restaurants is Pujol, where chef Enrique Olvera offers an omakase taco using foraged ingredients and traditions to produce the most amazing meals,” says Frunze.

“Another restaurant I would vote for would be Sud777, where chef Edgar Nunez reinterprets homemade Mexican classics in fine dining.

“Mexico as a whole has a unique heritage and a great gastronomic history. Chefs take up the challenge of reviving forgotten techniques and recipes and interpreting them in a modern way.

Updated: June 21, 2022, 09:12



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