Poli’s Point Of View

Michelin stars have arrived in Chicago.

Apparently in Europe if you don’t have stars, you don’t have customers. While the stars are not as important in the USA- people- especially Chicagoians still care.

This blog from Chef Ryan Poli of Perennial sums up why Chicago is such an incredible place to live. (and eat!)

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So it’s official; now Chicago chefs can finally breathe a sigh of relief that Michelin has passed through.

Honoring some and forgetting others .

But what does it really mean, what will Michelin really do for Chicago?

In my opinion, it added strength to an already strong community of chefs and restaurateurs.

I never got a sense of competition about these awards or jealously, rather a bond of camaraderie with chefs cheering for chefs and wishing the best for each others restaurants.

There is something that needs to be said for Chicago chefs and the strong community we have built. My i phone blew up with text messages and emails the day I was awarded a bib gourmand from people I hardly new or have not spoken to in months…even years.

This reassured me of what kinda town Chicago is and what type of chef community we have in this wonderful city.

Congrats to every chef in Chicago; stars or no stars we are all stronger together.

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