Best Croatian restaurants presented Michelin awards for 2022
- by croatiaweek
- in Food & Wine
METRO, the global partner of Michelin, presented prestigious Michelin plaques to Croatian restaurants that were included in the Michelin guide for 2022.
Creating unique products that are designed and perfected together with the best chefs in the world, such as the Metro Chef and Metro Professional brands and adapting its range and offer to their needs, METRO, as a leading international wholesale company, has been closely cooperating with Michelin chefs for many years.
“The commitment of Croatian restaurants in continuously maintaining the quality of the offer and the effort invested in creating a gastronomic offer, and thus in strengthening tourism and the recognition of Croatian gastronomy, they are an indisputable element of high quality, which is confirmed by the new Michelin guide. Our intention is to be the preferred partner of the HoReCa sector and to further expand cooperation with local producers and in this way to implement local ingredients on the menus of top restaurants,” said Imre Horváth, President of the Management Board of METRO Hrvatska, during the award ceremony.
The ceremony was held at Mašković Han, a category zero monument, which is also the westernmost building of Islamic architecture in Europe. The indigenous medieval experience with a touch of the Orient provided by the authenticity, mysticism and beauty of Mašković Han served as the main motive in creating the ceremony itself.
Historical tradition interwoven with modern elements emanated in every corner of this space, giving the evening a unique expression, the arrangement of which was designed and arranged by Boris Ružić.
Given that top gastronomy contributes to an unforgettable destination experience, the significance of the Michelin award is also recognised by the Croatian Tourist Board (CNTB), one of the event’s partners.
“I congratulate all the restaurants that kept their stars, their owners, chefs and hardworking teams. As of this year, Croatia has 84 restaurants bearing one of the prestigious MICHELIN labels, 6 more than last year. The selected restaurants entered the exclusive circle of the best restaurants in the world and the Croatian Tourist Board, as a national partner of MICHELIN, is extremely proud of you. MICHELIN labels provide excellent promotional potential that I believe destinations will know how to valorise already in this tourist year and additionally use in the future. We are entering the very peak of the tourist season, and we have a part of the year ahead of us when, on average, more than a million guests stay in Croatian destinations per day, so display your plaques, your stars and marks with pride,” said the director of the Croatian Tourist Board, Kristjan Staničić, stressing that CNTB will continue to carry out numerous activities with the aim of positioning Croatia as a tourist destination with a rich and varied gastronomic offer.
According to the choice of Michelin, the globally most significant and recognised guide for restaurants, the gastronomic map now includes a total of 84 restaurants that bear one of the prestigious MICHELIN labels.
All previous holders of Michelin’s highest recognition have kept their stars. Those restaurants with Michelin stars are Pelegrini (Šibenik), 360º (Dubrovnik), Monte (Rovinj), Noel (Zagreb), Draga di Lovrana (Lovran), Boškinac (Novalja), LD Restaurant (Korčula), Nebo (Rijeka), Alfred Keller (Mali Lošinj) and Agli Amici (Rovinj).
A total of 62 restaurants received the Michelin recommendation for 2022, with 6 new restaurants added to the list: Taj Mahal (Dubrovnik), Johnson (Mošćenička Draga), Kinoteka (Split), Gallo (Zagreb), Nav (Zagreb) and Il Ponte (Trogir).
On the list of winners of the Bib Gourmand award, which is awarded for a great price-quality ratio, the restaurant Šug (Split) is included, so today there are a total of 12 restaurants in Croatia with this designation.
Croatia can also boast of two restaurants with the MICHELIN Green Star label, in addition to Zinfandel’s (Zagreb), Konoba Mate (Korčula) now also has the label.