Michelin Guide: Two New Three-Star Restaurants in France

Plénitude, Cheval Blanc Paris has gone from zero to three stars.

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Plénitude, Cheval Blanc Paris has gone from zero to three stars.

© Alexandre Tabaste

Two new three-star restaurants, six new additions among the two-star restaurants and 41 new entries awarded a Michelin star. That is the result of the just published Michelin Guide France 2022. A total of 627 starred restaurants are listed in the new edition, confirming the "excellence, talent and creativity of the French gastronomic scene", the Michelin Guide says on its website.

Two new three-star restaurants

The new edition lists 31 three-star restaurants, including two new ones. One of them is La Villa Madie, located in a beautiful, secluded bay in Cap Canaille in Cassis. Dimitri and Marielle Droisneau have been running the restaurant since 2013, celebrating Mediterranean cuisine at the highest level. The subtle and refined flavour combinations combine ingredients from the sea with wild herbs and plants from the surrounding area.

The second new three-star restaurant is Plénitude – Cheval Blanc Paris in the French capital. Chef Arnaud Donckele achieved a sensation by going from zero to three stars. His virtuoso sauce creations, which he calls "Absolute", are also sensational, and all his dishes revolve around them. The sauces, stocks and vinaigrettes are the stars of his dishes and are explained in a handbook-like menu. Guests can look forward to a sensory dining experience in a class of its own. 

Numerous new additions

A total of 74 restaurants received two Michelin stars in the 2022 selection. These six restaurants were newly awarded two stars:

  • Table, Paris
  • Blue Bay, Monaco
  • Lalique, Bommes
  • Duende by Pierre Gagnaire, Nîmes
  • Palais Royal Restaurant, Paris
  • L'Oiseau Blanc, Paris

The guide also lists 522 addresses with one star, including 41 new additions. Twelve of the new entrants can be found in Paris, including the oldest inn in the French capital. L'Auberge Nicolas Flamel opened in 1407 and is now run by Grégory Garimbay. The regions of Brittany and Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur also stand out with a high number of new one-star restaurants, including Mauro Colagreco's newly opened Ceto in the Maybourne Riviera Hotel in Roquebrune-Cap-Martin. 

Green stars and inexpensive enjoyment

The Michelin Guide awards its Green Star for particularly sustainable gastronomy. Six more establishments receive this special award this year:

  • Domaine Riberach – La Coopérative in Bélesta
  • Toya in Faulquemont
  • La Table de la Butte in Plouider
  • La Table du Gourmet in Riquewihr
  • Les Belles Perdrix de Troplong Mondot in Saint-Emilion
  • l'Auberge Sauvage in Servon

In the Michelin Guide, a Bib Gourmand is awarded to restaurants that stand out for providing excellent value for money. For France, the criteria are: a complete menu may cost a maximum of €35 euros outside Paris and a maximum of €39 in Paris. The new selection lists a total of 449 restaurants with a Bib Gourmand, including 33 new addresses.

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