This year, for the first time, the Michelin Guide will publish a list of restaurants for the whole of Hungary, the Hungarian Tourism Agency (MTÜ) announced on Monday. As a result of the move, the entire gastronomic offering of Hungary will be included on the international map, which is another milestone in the development of the country’s tourism and gastronomy industries.
The agency said that the world-famous publication, which already rates businesses in Budapest and the surrounding countryside, could contribute almost immediately to an increase in turnover and, in the longer term, boost the competitiveness of the sector. The selection will give a good idea of the changes that Hungary’s dining scene has undergone in the last 10 to 15 years.
The restaurants recommended for the 2022 edition of the Michelin Guide in Hungary, including the Michelin Star or Bib Gourmand awards, will be announced on Nov. 3 2022. The inspectors of the world’s most prestigious gastronomic guide have returned several times to find the best restaurants the country has to offer.
“Hungary has become a very dynamic gastronomic destination, thanks to the great variety of its products, including precious spices, typical meat and cheese products from the local terroir, but also a great variety of wines. We look forward to showcasing outstanding restaurants and talented professionals to our international community of food lovers,” the Michelin Guide wrote on its website.
In addition to the star ratings established in 1936, Michelin now also offers ratings in several other categories. The well-known one-star rating means a restaurant offers top-quality cuisine that is worth a stop if you happen to be passing by. Two stars are awarded to restaurants that are worth a detour trip, while three stars are awarded to cuisine of exceptional quality.
In addition, the Bib Gourmand is awarded to restaurants that offer good value for money — where you can get good quality food at a more moderate price. Typically, it is awarded to excellent bistros or family restaurants. In addition to its famous stars and the Bib Gourmand award, recommended restaurants that are included in the guide are marked with a plate, while a green star recognizes efforts towards sustainability.