What a debacle. Over the past few weeks, the folks at the Michelin Guide have been talking about how they would announce their Chicago stars on Wednesday, November 17th. It would be impossible to speak with the Guide's Director, Jean-Luc Naret, until after Wednesday, I was told, since the announcement was so top secret - even the restaurants wouldn't be notified until he called them himself that day.
So much for secrecy.
Apparently, the folks at Amazon don't keep Michelin release dates a high priority on their shipping calendars, since a Yelper got wind of the results yesterday, thereby forcing Michelin to send out a press release this morning, announcing the starred restaurants. They are:
3 stars: Alinea, L.20
2 stars: Avenues, Charlie Trotter's, Ria
1 star: Blackbird, Boka, Bonsoirée, Crofton on Wells, Everest, graham elliot, Longman & Eagle, NAHA, NoMI, Schwa, Seasons, Sepia, Sixteen, Spiaggia, Takashi, Topolobampo, Tru, Vie
It's bad enough the organization allowed the leak.