Tokyo gets Michelin's first guide in Asia

14th March 2007, Comments 0 comments

TOKYO, March 14, 2007 (AFP) - The Michelin guide, the gourmands' bible whose stars can make or break high-end restaurants in Europe, said Wednesday it will produce a Tokyo edition, its first in Asia.

TOKYO, March 14, 2007 (AFP) - The Michelin guide, the gourmands' bible whose stars can make or break high-end restaurants in Europe, said Wednesday it will produce a Tokyo edition, its first in Asia.

The red guide will release its Tokyo version in November, in both Japanese and English.

It is only the second Michelin guide outside of Europe, after a book on New York.

Tokyo, the world's largest metropolis, is also believed to have the highest number of restaurants -- an estimated 300,000.

"Japan, and Tokyo in particular, seemed the natural gateway to this continent, which is so rich in gourmet food and cooking traditions," Michelin's publications director Jean-Luc Naret said in a statement.

Michelin group's chief Michel Rollier said: "Japan is a country where fine dining is an integral part of the culture and the art of table setting reflects a way of life that discretely combines refinement and culinary enjoyment."

Michelin inspectors have been making secret culinary trips around Tokyo since April in preparation for the guide, the company said.

Japan will be the 22nd country with a Michelin guide, which was launched in 1900 by the French tyremaker.

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