Congrats to the Michelin 2011 Winners

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I am sure there were some restless chefs last night, breathlessly waiting for their “Good morning, you have a star!” phone call this morning from Michelin director Jean-Luc Naret (who is stepping down at the end of this year).

Big congrats to Christopher Kostow and The Restaurant at Meadowood team for earning three stars (now bosom buddies with The French Laundry on that coveted tier). The two-star team continues to hold tight, with no new players: Coi, Cyrus, and Manresa. New to the one-star club are: Alexander’s Steakhouse, Applewood (in Guerneville), Baumé (Bruno Chemel is a happy, vindicated man), Campton Place (its first ever!), Dio Deka (I love the food there), Frances, Madera, Mirepoix, Saison, Spruce (congrats, Tim Stannard, you guys got your star), and Wakuriya (go on, San Mateo—this place is in a shopping mall). And congrats to everyone keeping their stars—no easy feat, that.

Here’s the list:

THREE STARS
The French Laundry
The Restaurant at Meadowood (new)

TWO STARS
Coi
Cyrus
Manresa

ONE STAR
Acquerello
Alexander’s Steakhouse (new)
Ame
Applewood (new)
Auberge du Soleil
Aziza
Baumé (new)
Bouchon
Boulevard
Campton Place (new)
Chez TJ
Commis
The Dining Room at the Ritz Carlton
Dio Deka (new)
étoile
Farmhouse Inn & Restaurant
Fleur de Lys
Frances (new)
Gary Danko
La Folie
La Toque
Luce
Madera (new)
Madrona Manor
Masa’s
Mirepoix (new)
Murray Circle
One Market
Plumed Horse
Quince
Redd
Saison (new)
Santé
Solbar
Spruce (new)
Terra
Ubuntu
The Village Pub
Wakuriya (new)