Kosher food is a type of food that adheres to Jewish law and religious practice. As such, it is one of the oldest and most traditional types of cuisine in the world. For those who follow a Kosher diet, finding restaurants that offer high-quality meals can be a challenge; even more so if they are looking for a restaurant that has been awarded the prestigious Michelin star.
The Michelin star is considered one of the highest honors in the culinary world and is awarded to restaurants around the world for their outstanding quality and service. A Michelin star-rated restaurant must meet rigorous criteria, including having a menu with carefully crafted dishes, impeccable service, an inviting atmosphere, and an overall exceptional dining experience.
For many years, it was believed that there were no kosher restaurants with a Michelin star. However, in recent years there have been some notable exceptions. In 2017, Shira Nahon became the first Israeli chef to receive a Michelin star for her Tel Aviv restaurant, The Old Man and The Sea.
Following Nahon’s success, other kosher restaurants have also received Michelin stars in recent years. In 2019, Elbaz Restaurant in Paris became the first French kosher restaurant to receive a Michelin star for its Mediterranean-inspired cuisine. The same year saw two Israeli restaurants – Machneyuda in Jerusalem and Catit in Tel Aviv – receive stars for their innovative menus featuring modern interpretations of traditional Israeli dishes.
Conclusion: While there are still relatively few kosher restaurants with Michelin stars compared to non-kosher establishments, there are several high-quality establishments that have been recognized by this prestigious award over the past few years. This demonstrates that Kosher cuisine can be just as innovative and delicious as other types of food and worthy of such recognition.