By Elena Kadvany
Local 2015 Michelin stars: Baume, Madera, Chez TJ, Village PubUploaded: Oct 22, 2014
The Michelin Guide released its latest San Francisco Bay Area stars list Tuesday, yet again granting distinction to Baume in Palo Alto, Madera in Menlo Park, Chez TJ in Mountain View and The Village Pub in Woodside.
Baume, the high-end French restaurant on California Avenue that brought molecular gastronomy to Palo Alto, was one of six Bay Area restaurants to garner two stars. Its cohort includes restaurants like Coi and Quince in San Franciso and Manresa in Los Gatos.
Baume chef Bruno Chemel ? who opened the restaurant after leaving Chez TJ in 2010 ? tweeted his thanks Tuesday afternoon: "Merci pour les 2 etoiles 2015 Michelin Guide;))"
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Chemel isn't the only Michelin-starred chef who came out of Chez TJ. Joshua Skenes, former executive chef at the Villa Street restaurant, is now heading the kitchen at Saison, which nabbed an esteemed three stars this year. This is also the first time that any restaurants in San Francisco proper were granted the highest three-star distinction, which about 100 restaurants worldwide have earned.
New-American restaurant Madera (housed in the Rosewood Sand Hill hotel), French-focused Chez TJ and The Village Pub are all repeat offenders on the one-star list.
Other South Bay notables: David Kinch's Manresa (which held onto its stars despite closing after a devastating fire in July), Wakuriya, an upscale Japanese restaurant in San Mateo and All Spice in San Mateo.
Check out this InsideScoopSF post for more San Francisco details.
The culinary guide awarded stars to 40 restaurants in the Bay Area this year. Here's the full list:
Benu, San Francisco
French Laundry (The), Yountville
Restaurant at Meadowood (The), St. Helena
Saison, San Francisco
Acquerello, San Francisco
Atelier Crenn, San Francisco
Baumé, Palo Alto
Coi, San Francisco
Manresa, Los Gatos
Quince, San Francisco
All Spice, San Mateo
Ame, San Francisco
Auberge du Soleil, Rutherford
Aziza, San Francisco
Boulevard, San Francisco
Campton Place, San Francisco
Chez TJ, Mountain View
Farmhouse Inn & Restaurant, Forestville
Gary Danko, San Francisco
Keiko à Nob Hill, San Francisco
Kusakabe, San Francisco
La Folie, San Francisco
La Toque, Napa
Luce, San Francisco
Madera, Menlo Park
Madrona Manor, Healdsburg
Maruya, San Francisco
Michael Mina, San Francisco
Plumed Horse, Saratoga
Sons & Daughters, San Francisco
SPQR, San Francisco
Spruce, San Francisco
State Bird Provisions, San Francisco
Terra, St. Helena
Terrapin Creek, Bodega Bay
Village Pub (The), Woodside
Wakuriya, San Mateo