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13 Michelin Stars and a new addition for 2016, The Ritz-Carlton, Tokyo

CHEVY CHASE, Md. January 17, 2016: The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C retained 12 of its coveted Michelin Stars in 2015, with Azure 45 at The Ritz-Carlton, Tokyo awarded its first Michelin Star. The thirteen stars across seven restaurants in six hotels within Asia and Europe, reaffirmed the luxury hotel company’s status as a leader in culinary excellence and innovation.  From Abama to Barcelona, Wolfsburg to Tokyo to Hong Kong, leading Ritz-Carlton restaurants continue to compete on the global stage amongst the world’s finest dining establishments. 

“All accolades belong to the Ladies and Gentlemen who bring to life culinary and service excellence in our restaurants every single day. They work with such dedication and passion in an environment in which constant evolution and creativity is essential. We are honored to have been recognized globally by such an esteemed, well-reputed organization,” said Rainer Zinngrebe, Vice President Food & Beverage for The Ritz-Carlton.  

The world of three Michelin Star restaurants is extremely small, with a little over 100 restaurants in total around the world. One of which is ‘AQUA’ at The Ritz-Carlton, Wolfsburg in Germany. Aqua retained three stars for its modern European cuisine, crafted by the celebrated Chef de Cuisine, Sven Elverfeld.  The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong also retained Michelin Stars across two of its signature restaurants.  ‘Tin Lung Heen’ maintains two stars for its traditional Dim Sum, created by Michelin-starred Chef Paul Lau Ping Lui, served amidst a spectacular view from the 102nd floor.  Whist the equally dramatic ‘Tosca’, with its Romanesque décor and ambience, retains one star for its unique mix of innovation and tradition combined to create Italian gastronomy under Chef Pino Lavarra.

Host to two of the acclaimed starred restaurants is The Ritz-Carlton, Abama, a luxury resort in Tenerife, Spain. ‘M.B’, the signature Michelin Star restaurant of the renowned Basque chef Martín Berasategui, famed for his inspired interpretations of Spanish cuisine, earned its original Michelin Star in 2010, and was awarded a second in 2014.  Hot on its gastronomic heels is the one Michelin-starred ‘Kabuki’, with Spanish chef Ricardo Sanz at the helm, combining traditional Japanese influences with contemporary western techniques and ingredients indigenous to the Canary Islands, to create sublimely creative Japanese cuisine.

“Finally, congratulations to Chef Shintaro Miyazaki and the team of Azure 45, The Ritz-Carlton, Tokyo for their first Michelin Star. Tokyo holds the record for the largest number of Michelin Star acclaimed restaurants within a city  and without a doubt a gourmands paradise, Azure 45 with its creative French fine-dining is a ‘must do’ when visiting the dynamic city, ”concluded Zinngrebe. 

Michelin Stars for 2016: 

AQUA, The Ritz-Carlton, Wolfsburg 3 Michelin Stars

M.B., The Ritz-Carlton, Abama      2 Michelin Stars

Enoteca, The Ritz-Carlton, Barcelona         2 Michelin Stars

Tin Lung Heen, The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong 2 Michelin Stars 

Kabuki, The Ritz-Carlton, Abama         1 Michelin Star

Il Ristorante, Bulgari, Tokyo         1 Michelin Star

Tosca, The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong 1 Michelin Star

Azure 45, The Ritz-Carlton, Tokyo 1 Michelin Star

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About The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, LLC

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C., of Chevy Chase, Md., currently operates 91 hotels in the Americas, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and the Caribbean. More than 40 hotel and residential projects are under development around the globe. For more information, or reservations visit the company web site at www.ritzcarlton.com. The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ:MAR).