Napa Valley table wins three-star honours
California's Napa Valley wine country bolstered its reputation for culinary excellence after "The Restaurant at Meadowood" became the region's second venue to be awarded a Michelin three-star ranking.
The St Helena table and its young chef Christopher Kostow joins Thomas Keller's "The French Laundry", in nearby Yountville, in the exclusive three-star club, which now counts 118 tables worldwide.
Three other restaurants that are featured in the Michelin Guide's new food bible for the greater San Francisco area hold on to two stars: "Manresa" in Los Gatos, "Coi" in San Francisco itself and "Cyrus" in Healdsburg.
The San Francisco guide -- one of three US Michelin volumes put out each year along with Chicago and New York -- logged 43 different styles of cuisine, evidence of what it called the region's "extraordinary diversity".
Michelin Guide director Jean-Luc Naret said the San Francisco area had confirmed its place as "one of the best gastronomic destinations in the world."
Another 39 restaurants were awarded one star -- 11 of them newcomers -- while 74 got a "Bib gourmand" special good value mention, for offering a two course meal with wine or dessert, for less than 40 dollars.
© 2010 AFP