Michelin Guide Launches First Istanbul Edition

The Michelin Guide is coming to Istanbul.

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The Michelin Guide is coming to Istanbul.

The Michelin Guide is coming to Istanbul.

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The Michelin Guide will unveil its first Istanbul restaurant selection on October 11, 2022.

The city of more than 15 million people has a "gastronomic scene is rooted in an especially varied culinary tradition, which has steadily been enhanced and fine-tuned over the centuries," the famed Guide said in a statement.

"Its plant-based recipes – such as the incredible array of dolmas, mezzes and salads – are the standard bearers, with recipes honouring fish and prime cuts of meat, not forgetting the countless desserts, where fresh and dried fruit takes center stage." 

Five criteria in focus

The Istanbul restaurants will be selected according to the France-based Michelin Guide inspectors' long standing, anonymous evaluation methods. They are based on five criteria: the quality of products, the mastery of cooking techniques, the harmony of flavours, the personality of the chef in his/her cuisine and the consistency on the menu and between inspectors’ visits. 

The Turkish Minister of Culture and Tourism, Mehmet Nuri Ersoy, explained that the Michelin Guide's interest in the metropolis on the Bosphorus fits in with the "efforts to elevate the city to the world stage of gastronomy".

The first restaurant selection of the Michelin Guide Istanbul will be available online on its website from October 11, 2022. It follows the news in March that the Guide would release its first selections in Dubai this year.

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