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The Michelin Guide Awarded Two New Stars to Tampa Restaurants Last Night

That brings Tampa's total to five stars and Florida's to 27 stars overall.

By Lauren Jackson April 19, 2024

Koya in Tampa maintained its Michelin star for another year.
Koya in Tampa maintained its Michelin star for another year.

Image: Keir Magoulas

Last night, at Florida’s Michelin Guide ceremony, two additional Tampa restaurants were granted stars—bringing Tampa's total of one-star Michelin to five. Kõsen, a sushi restaurant that offers a multi-course omakase, and Ebbe, a Scandinavian-influenced spot, both received recognition from the esteemed guide. They join Lilac, Koya and Roca, which all received stars at last year’s ceremony.

Florida was granted nine new stars in total last night, with three additions in Miami, bringing the total to 14, and two in Orlando, bringing its total to seven. In all, Florida now has 27 Michelin stars, scattered throughout the three cities. L’Atelier de Jöel Robuchon in Miami is the only restaurant in the state with two stars, which it has maintained for another year.

The Michelin Guide was invited to Florida in 2022 by VisitFlorida as well as Orlando, Miami and Tampa's tourism boards. According to The Miami Herald, enticing Michelin inspectors was part of a $1.5 million effort coordinated by those participating organizations. As such, other food-centric cities throughout the state were not considered.

The Michelin Guide began in 1900 by the founders of the Michelin tire company as an effort to boost European motor travel, which would in turn generate more tire sales. Today, recognition from the guidebook is globally accepted as the most sought-after achievement in the fine dining world. The Michelin Guide currently only sends inspectors to California, New York, Illinois, Washington, D.C., and Florida.

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