With the new MICHELIN selection just revealed, all Croatian restaurants holding the prestigious star have retained them, the Croatian Tourist Board (CNTB) confirmed today.
Pelegrini (Šibenik), 360º (Dubrovnik), Monte (Rovinj), Noel (Zagreb), Draga di Lovrana (Lovran), Boškinac (Novalja), LD Terrace (Korčula), Nebo (Rijeka), Alfred Keller (Mali Lošinj) i Agli Amici (Rovinj) have all retained their MICHELIN stars in the new selection revealed today.
In addition to 10 restaurants with a MICHELIN star, Croatia also boasts two restaurants with the Michelin Green Star label, which are now held by Zinfandel’s (Zagreb) and Konoba Mate (Pupnat, Korčula).
“Today, Croatia boasts a total of 84 restaurants bearing one of the prestigious MICHELIN labels. Considering that their system of awarding labels and recommendations is a complex, and very mysterious process, this is great news and a great success of Croatian restaurants, to whose owners and staff I extend my sincere congratulations. CNTB is the main national partner of MICHELIN and our cooperation with this globally recognised brand, whose recommendation is respected and appreciated, certainly contributes to an even better positioning of Croatian restaurants on the gastronomic map, and thus Croatia as a quality and indigenous gastronomic destination,” said the director of the Croatian National Tourist Board, Kristjan Staničić.
In addition to these prestigious stars, the Bib Gourmand list also includes Šug restaurant (Split), so that a total of 12 restaurants in Croatia today carry this label, while another 62 restaurants have the recommendation of this renowned gastronomic guide.
“Considering that food and drink in the global tourism market are among the main motives for travel, in our new Strategy for the Development of Sustainable Tourism until 2030 a great potential for exploiting synergies and further planned development in the field of eno-gastronomy has been identified, which we want to base on an authentic offer of food and beverages. Through top gastronomy, tourists get an unforgettable experience of the destination, and by consuming local food, local producers are supported. Inclusion in world-famous guides like Michelin is a recognition for all those who work continuously on quality. Our top chefs are putting Croatia on the gastronomic map of the world with their successes and I congratulate them on that,” concluded the Minister of Tourism and Sports, Nikolina Brnjac.
“Our inspectors took special care of the quality of the culinary experience of the restaurant, the teams proved their consistency, showing how constant quality is an important criterion for selecting and obtaining MICHELIN stars,” explained Gwendal Poullennec, international director of the MICHELIN guide.
“From year to year we record an increasing commitment of your restaurants and professionals to more sustainable gastronomy with a focus on high quality products of local origin that make Croatian culinary heritage proud,” concluded Poullennec.
The new labels are the result of a secret tour of Croatian restaurants by professional MICHELIN inspectors, the globally most important and most recognised guide for restaurants on whose pages the list for Croatia has been published.