Michelin Stars rain down over Sweden
For the first time ever, four restaurants outside of Sweden's three major cities have been honoured with Michelin Stars, as the French food guide awarded a record number of 24 restaurants with its much coveted seal of approval on Wednesday.
Fäviken Magasinet in Jämtland in central Sweden was awarded two stars on the three star scale, and is the best rated restaurant outside of Stockholm.
Other restaurants that were awarded stars include PM & Vänner in Växjö in the south, Restaurant Borgholm on the island of Öland in the southeast and Daniel Berlin Krog in Tomelilla in the south. Stockholm and Gothenburg both got one new Michelin restaurant each with Sushi Sho in Stockholm and Upper House in Gothenburg.
The total number of Swedish restaurants honoured with Michelin Stars has close to doubled the past few years, with 18 restaurants last year and 13 the year before.
"This year marks a gastronomic record for the Nordic region," Michael Ellis, the director of the international editions of the Michelin Guide, said at a press conference in Copenhagen Wednesday.
The first edition of the now world famous guide came out 116 years ago, but it took until 1984 for a Swedish restaurant to make the cut.