Métier and Komi are awarded stars in the Michelin Guide Washington D.C 2018

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For the second year running, there are no new three star restaurants in the Michelin Guide Washington D.C. 2018 but there are two new additions to the one star club.

Three Michelin stars are awarded to those restaurants that inspectors deem “exceptional cuisine, worth a special journey.” Only approximately 100 restaurants worldwide currently hold the accolade.

The Washington D.C. Guide was first published last year, making it currently one of four US Michelin Guides. However, with just 14 in this year's guide, it still has the lowest number of starred restaurants of all the regions covered. 

Only two restaurants are new additions to this year's guide:  Métier and Komi, both of which were awarded one star.

Michael Ellis, international director of the Michelin Guide said: “Our inspectors have thoroughly enjoyed the progression and evolution demonstrated through consistency of the restaurant scene in D.C.”

He added: “Every restaurant recognized last year has maintained exceptional quality and steadiness. Notably this year, our inspectors found the kitchens of chefs Johnny Monis (
Komi) and Eric Ziebold (Métier) to exude finesse, demonstrate fine attention to detail and serve high-quality, top-notch cuisine.”

Komi is a Mediterranean-inspired restaurant situated in a historic Dupont Circle building. James Beard winner Johnny Monis serves a 'leisurely tasting dinner' menu, featuring homemade pastas and roasted meats. Priced at $150 per person, Komi has become a favourite with locals and critics alike, and have also been recognised for their wine selection and service.

Métier is a small, tasting-menu focused restaurant in the heart of Washington. Owned by chef Eric Ziebold and his partner Célia Laurent, the menu is seven-courses (plus pre-dinner Hors d'Oeuvres) of French-American cuisine, priced at $200 per person with service included. In the same building is Kinship, also featured on the one Michelin star list.

The three restaurants in the two star category have retained their stars for another year: The Inn at Little Washington, Minibar and Pineapple and Pearls.

In addition  to this, 22 restaurants were awarded the Washington D.C. Bib Gourmands last week, including new entries from Rob Rubba's Hazel, pasta restaurant Sfoglina and Ivy City Smokehouse. Bib Gourmands are awarded to restaurants that earn the attention of Michelin inspectors and are personal favorites, offering great quality food at good prices.

Additionally, the Michelin Guide Washington, D.C. 2018 recognizes more than 70 restaurants with the Plate symbol, given to restaurants that inspectors recognize as having potential and are recommended for quality food. 

The Guide will go on sale Friday, Oct. 20, 2017, at major book sellers for a suggested retail price of $12.95. 

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Editor 18th October 2017

Métier and Komi are awarded stars in the Michelin Guide Washington D.C 2018