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Michelin 2017: Madera regains its star; others retain status

Uploaded: Oct 25, 2016
The much sought-after Michelin Guide stars have been announced for the San Francisco Bay Area, with familiar MidPeninsula restaurants making the cut, plus one establishment that returned to the annual list.

Experimental French fine-dining restaurant Baumé in Palo Alto, led by chef Bruno Chemel, continues to be the only restaurant south of San Francisco that has two stars. Only seven restaurants total gained two stars this year, the majority of them in San Francisco.

Baumé Chef Bruno Chemel uses a blowtorch to add finishing touches to a dessert on April 29, 2015. Photo by Veronica Weber.

Chemel took to Twitter in his native language to celebrate on Tuesday, tweeting "Merci pour les deux étoiles."

Mountain View French restaurant Chez TJ, where chef Jarad Gallagher has remained for the last four years, held onto its single-star status.

Executive Chef Jarad Gallagher in the kitchen at Chez TJ on April 21, 2016. Photo by Michelle Le.

The Village Pub in Woodside, with executive chef Mark Sullivan in the kitchen, also again kept its yearslong one star. This is the ninth consecutive year the restaurant has received a Michelin star.

Wild king salmon with caramelized beets, hazelnuts and melted leeks at The Village Pub in October 2015. Photo by Veronica Weber.

Madera, at the Rosewood Sand Hill hotel in Menlo Park, regained one star after dropping from the list in 2015. Madera's kitchen is overseen by executive chef Peter Rudolph.

Madera Chef Peter Rudolph. Photo taken in 2009 by Michelle Le.

The Michelin guide tweeted its congratulations to Madera and Rudolph on Tuesday: "#Congratulations to @MaderaSandHill and @MaderaPeter on earning back #OneStar in the #revisit #reevaluate #recognize."

The local restaurants are among 54 Bay Area and Wine Country restaurants that Michelin recognized in its new San Francisco Bay Area & Wine Country 2017 guide, which is available starting today (Oct. 25). The guide's release came a week after Michelin announced its 2017 Bib Gourmand restaurants, which are recognized for serving high-quality food at a more affordable price.

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Posted by Jeff, a resident of Old Mountain View,
on Oct 25, 2016 at 2:30 pm

You wrote "... Baumé in Palo Alto, led by chef Bruno Chemel, continues to be the only restaurant south of San Francisco that has two stars."

You neglected to mention Manresa in Los Gatos, which received three stars in 2015, unless you are only counting to two in this statement?

Posted by ekadvany, a resident of another community,
on Oct 25, 2016 at 2:36 pm

ekadvany is a registered user.

Jeff: I was referring to only the two-star category, but thank you for noting that!

Posted by what about, a resident of Meadow Park,
on Oct 27, 2016 at 3:07 pm

doesent ''café 220' get a ''star''??LOL...

Posted by Not a fan, a resident of Menlo Park: Suburban Park/Lorelei Manor/Flood Park Triangle,
on Nov 1, 2016 at 10:42 am

Went to Madera for the first time over the summer, not a fan. Service was terrible, it took three hours for dinner for a party of four. We had to ask 5 times for more bread, five times! There were patrons arguing about the position of the awning on the outside deck, and the food was totally forgettable. I don't understand how this place can get a Michelin star.

Posted by Fan of TJ, a resident of Cuesta Park,
on Nov 1, 2016 at 1:49 pm

the very few times we have gone to Chez TJ it has been a memorable experience with great food and service
--- it has been years though, maybe ONLY one star keeps you 'hungry'?

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