Michelin Guide | Canada

First stars for 13 Toronto restaurants

Masaki Saito, chef at Sushi Masaki Saito, receives two Michelin stars at the Michelin star revelation in Toronto.
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Masaki Saito, chef at Sushi Masaki Saito, receives two Michelin stars at the Michelin star revelation in Toronto.

Toronto was announced as the first Canadian Michelin Guide destination in May and the sixth in North America. The country's inaugural selection brings global attention to Toronto's diverse culinary scene. With 53 per cent of all Torontonians born outside of this country, the city is renowned for its multicultural neighborhoods and global influences. The selection includes 27 cuisine types.

 

The Michelin Guide has announced that 74 restaurants made the inaugural Toronto selection, including 1 Two-Star restaurant, 12 One-Star restaurants, 17 Bib Gourmand restaurants, and 44 recommended restaurants. The full list of restaurants included can be found in the Michelin Guide Toronto.

Sushi Masaki Saito is the only restaurant in Toronto that has been awarded with two Michelin stars. Chef Masaki Saito, who previously ran a two-star restaurant in Manhattan, reprised his success in Toronto after opening in the spring of 2019. 

The selection comes at a key time in recovery for the visitor economy. The pandemic resulted in an economic loss of $12.5 billion through unrealized visitor spending in Toronto in 2020 and 2021. The food service industry is the largest employer among tourism businesses in Canada, accounting for over half of tourism jobs, and Canada's agriculture regions provide the foundation that feeds Toronto's culinary community. From wine regions to quality local produce and farm-raised animals, Ontario farmers grow more than 200 different agricultural products on 49,600 farms across the province.

Categories of the Michelin Guide
  • The famous One, Two and Three Stars identify establishments serving exceptional cuisine rich in flavour and infused with the personality of a talented chef.
  • The Bib Gourmand is a designation given to select restaurants that offer good quality food for good value – often known as personal favourites among the Michelin Guide's anonymous inspectors when dining on their own time.
  • The Michelin Green Star honours restaurants at the forefront of practices committed to a more sustainable gastronomy.
  • Recommended restaurants and special awards are also highlighted by Michelin Guide inspectors.

The Toronto restaurant selections will join the Michelin Guide selection of hotels. Every hotel in the Guide is chosen for its extraordinary style, service, and personality — with options for all budgets — and each hotel can be booked directly through the Michelin Guide website and app. The selection for Toronto currently features the city's most spectacular hotels, including sustainability pioneers like 1 Hotel Toronto, standouts from the "Plus" collection like the Soho Hotel, and design-forward boutiques like The Drake.         

Vancouver will be the next Canadian city to feature in the Michelin guide.

 

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