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Oct 25, 2011 01:57 PM

SF Michelin Stars 2012

The full list isn't out for another couple of hours, but congrats to Chef David Kinch and his chef de cuisine, John Paul Carmona, for garnering their 3rd Michelin star. Unfortunately I have yet to dine at Manresa (probably my top to-go place that I haven't been to yet in the US), but have had the pleasure of their cooking in a pop-up in NYC this past May. Got to briefly meet them and they seemed like truly caring and dedicated chefs.

It's a no-brainer, but TFL maintains their 3*, where I had the best meal of my life in the extended tasting menu last year. I also look forward to eating at Benu and Saison (elevated to 2*) in my next trip to SF Bay area.

** Edit: Manresa maintains their 2*. Chef Keller must have gotten some false information when he tweeted congrats.

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  1. Sorry, I'm seeing conflicting reports for Manresa between 2 and 3 stars. Weird.

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    1. re: deepfry7

      Curious - is this a slap in the face of Manresa to not attain a Third Star and remain at Two?

      Manresa Restaurant
      320 Village Lane, Los Gatos, CA 95030

    2. Chef Crenn has announced that Atelier Crenn has received one Michelin star.

      EDIT: And Josh Skenes reports that Saison has been promoted to two stars.

      2124 Folsom St., San Francisco, CA 94110

      Atelier Crenn
      3127 Fillmore St, San Francisco, CA 94123

      1. Manresa has retained 2 stars, direct from Kinch himself. I am going to believe him.

        Manresa Restaurant
        320 Village Lane, Los Gatos, CA 95030

          1. interesting development that Baume got the second star before Chez TJ. Chef Chemel left Chez TJ when the owner wrote him off for getting the second star. Maybe that's what drove Chemel.

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            1. re: ckshen

              I thought Baume was closing - is a two star really going to close?

              And, more importantly, did Madera at the Rosewood lose their star? That was the most disappointing meal in recent history.

              2825 Sand Hill Road, Menlo Park, CA 94025

              1. re: bbulkow

                where did you hear that they are closing?

                1. re: ckshen

                  I thought I saw the rumor here. I guess it's not true.

                  Madera has kept its star. My respect for Michelin goes down. I like so much of what they do, but that's all about the room and experience and not about the food.