It’s a sky full of Michelin stars for Istanbul

Elevating the gastrocity to a global platform, Istanbul becomes the 38th destination to be added to the Michelin Guide.
The turkiye tourism board and michelin guide have come together to put istanbul on the global culinary map.
The Turkiye Tourism Board and Michelin Guide have come together to put Istanbul on the global culinary map.

Touted as one of the world’s most extraordinary culinary destinations, Istanbul is the latest to join the prestigious Michelin Guide ranks. Widely considered the most prestigious restaurant rating organisation worldwide, the guide will announce the selection of gastrocity İstanbul on October 11, 2022.

İstanbul has long been among the world’s leading centres for gastronomic tourism. What sets it apart from most destinations is its ability to cater both ancient food culture whilst delivering on quality fine-dining. The entire culinary journey is shaped by a unique cultural heritage reflected in the city’s award-winning establishments. 

The global metropolis presents visitors with an opportunity to enjoy traditional dishes as well as the finest international cuisine. So its selection now seems a no-brainer, given the Michelin Guide’s contribution to guiding the global food and beverage sector since the 1900s. Now, Istanbul has become the 38th destination to be brought to the worldwide gastronomy scene.

Some might even say the accolade is long overdue, given the nation’s significant contribution to the culinary scene. As a capital for empires throughout history, İstanbul has long been the foundational point of gastronomic traditions that span continents. The nation has also been the birthplace of celebrated palace cuisines. The Michelin Guide therefore rightfully spotlights İstanbul for gastro tourists. Adventurous diners and gourmands get to explore a creative, dynamic and original culinary culture that brings the past and future together. 

Fava bean puree is perhaps just the beginning of all the delicious staples istanbul has on offer. Image: unsplash.
Fava bean puree is perhaps just the beginning of all the delicious staples Istanbul has on offer. Image: Unsplash.

The selection of the first İstanbul restaurants created by independent Michelin inspectors conducting confidential and unannounced visits to restaurants and eateries will be announced at a ceremony organised by Michelin on October 11, 2022.

Speaking at a meeting for İstanbul to join the Michelin Guide, Republic of Türkiye, Minister of Culture and Tourism Mehmet Nuri Ersoy noted that activities to position İstanbul as a gastrocity will attract tourists interested in good food and exceptional flavours to Türkiye. 

He says, “This interest of the Michelin Guide in the İstanbul food and drink sector demonstrates that Türkiye is also at the forefront of gastronomy tourism. The Michelin Guide will move our businesses, which stand out with their originality, diversity, sustainability and creativity, to the global stage with an entirely new perspective.”

It’s a sky full of michelin stars for istanbul

Gwendal Poullennec, International Director of the Michelin Guides, also commented on the addition of Istanbul to the ranks. He observed that İstanbul has fascinated the world for centuries with its history, culture and intercultural identity, making it a definite candidate for special selection to the guide. Poullennec says, “The Michelin Guide’s selection for İstanbul will present the city to gourmets around the world. Fuelled by ancient traditions and young, open-minded and creative talents that shape an original taste identity, İstanbul’s culinary scene amazed our team.”

Already a thriving destination for tourists, the Michelin Guide’s special selection for İstanbul is expected to draw gastro tourists to Türkiye. This in turn will go a long way in empowering the country to take its rightful place among the world’s leading gastronomic centres and expand İstanbul’s brand value. In highlighting İstanbul‘s creative chefs and food and beverage businesses, the guide will help attract attention to their carefully curated menus on a global front, emphasising the importance of the city among the world’s gastronomy capitals.

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