The word is out that when the new Michelin guide to Spain and Portugal is launched on November 23, the number of Michelin stars is set to double from the current 17 to a total of 34.
The 17 stars in the 2016 guide are made up of three restaurants with two stars (Ocean and Vila Joya in the Algarve and Belcanto in Lisbon) and a further 11 with one star.
According to foodie blog Mesa Marcada, whose writer recently spoke to an official from the Michelin guide in Madrid, we can expect to see not only more one-star restaurants but also at least one current one-star upgraded to two stars.
The news has got Portugal’s culinary scene abuzz with speculation as to who the awards will be bestowed upon. What our sources at the Resident tell us is that most of these new stars are expected to be won by restaurants outside of the Algarve. Watch this space!
By PATRICK STUART [email protected]
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